We’ve been living in the house for about 12 months now and have been doing lots of smaller jobs to really finish off the house. It’s been a slower process now that there isn’t a big team working full time on the site every day, but we’re almost there.
The kitchen has a simple design which works really well for our family life, and we love the transition between the more public areas of the kitchen and living room, through to the bedrooms. The kids especially love their bathroom which they affectionately refer to as the pizza slice.
The external louvres and rooflights have been fantastic too. At one point over the summer it was 31°C outside, but inside remained a very comfortable 24.5°C which was a joy.
One of my favourite parts of the house is the small courtyard featuring an amelanchier. If we’d forgone the courtyard, the house would have been a little bit simpler and cheaper to build, but I think its inclusion adds an enormous amount to the architecture of the building. When you’re inside, it’s one of the few times where you can see the exterior materials and textures of the building and understand the architectural language of the project and how it fits in with the surrounding landscape.
Outside, we’ve re-landscaped the stream, planted new grass and flower beds and we’ve finished off the roof top garden. The outside space is incredible – it’s so peaceful here. In the mornings, we’ve even seen deer just outside.
We’ve imagined what it would be like living in this house since we had the initial idea about eight years ago, and it’s an incredible feeling to be here and enjoying the finished home.