Bold and Beautiful

A builder with an eye for the bigger picture has come up trumps in spectacular fashion

When it came to designing a country house, size eventually did matter to the owners of this voluminous dwelling on the Bellarine Peninsula.

"The owners' brief started as a 40-square country house", says builder David McDonald.

"But once they (a high-powered businessman and his wife) saw the initial design from Aequi Design they decided to make it bigger to enjoy the sights.

The two-storey house has views of the Port Phillip heads (also known as The Rip, the entrance to Port Phillip Bay) and is surrounded by a vineyard and farming properties.

The brief expanded through the course of construction and the owners were happy with the result.  They wanted a cutting-edge product.  It took 12 months to build because of the attention to detail."

The result is a whopping 970sqm (including garage and area covered by the eaves) house with Frank Lloyd Wright influences, which offers very generous living and sleeping areas.

Its appealing design, which incorporates natural materials such as timber and sandstone and offers wide eaves around its perimeter, caught the eye of the HIA which named it 2002 western region home of the year.

The large U-shaped kitchen alone is a piece of work with reconstituted stone benchtops and plenty of cupboards and drawers.

Even the spacious walk-in pantry offers more than enough open shelving and cupboards.

In short, the kitchen and accompanying pantry is a home gourmet's dream.

On the ground floor, the house is divided into three wings: a service zone, including a garage, laundry, storeroom, bathroom, gym and wine storage area; a middle zone offering open-plan kitchen/living and dining areas; and a zone for children with four bedrooms, including ensuite to one bedroom and a shared bathroom.

The upstairs area is for adults and features a main bedroom with parent's retreat and ensuite, a study and two balconies to take in the surrounding countryside, including a private lake.

As well as offering plenty of room to move, the house is built to make use of the sun, ensuring a warm house in winter and a cool one in summer.

Publication: Herald Sun Home
Date: 2003
Author: Andrew Brasier
Photography: Mark Taylor

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