A new house, with new spaces for family living



This was an interesting project - a new build with a strict budget, and it had to tick a lot of boxes: mesh well with the modern simplicity of the house, include an impactful entry way, as well as veggies, fruit trees, a swimming pool and tennis court - and privacy for this corner block on a fairly busy road.

With a such limited budget, and so much to do, we had to get creative with materials and methods of construction - so we did!


All hard surfaces were done in burnished white concrete - from the front, split level path, to the paths surrounding the house, to the pool surrounds - and the pool itself. We made these concrete paved areas more stylish by adding random saw cuts to the paths - this created a random pattern to break up the smooth texture of the concrete.

We wanted to create a feeling that the pool area wasn't 'locked in' by fencing - to achieve this, we kept fenced areas as disguised and as far away as possible - pool placement was imperative to this working.

Simple sculpture rests lightly on the lawn when it's not in use.


The pool itself was done in a white render, with just a hint of light-reflecting mother of pearl white tiles along the waterline. This gives a clear, cool and refreshing feeling that beckons on any warm day. Lighting at night provides a cool blue glow that envelops the space and creates a cool mood.

At night the pool glistens and bathes the house in cool blue - mother of pearl tiles add extra sparkle.

The pool area is bordered by a lush, expansive lawn, so the kids can get out of the pool, kick a ball around, then jump right back in.

Beyond the pool area, a full size tennis court with curtained sides to allow the view from the house into the action.