Mellons Bay New House

This new family house has been designed with ease of daily living in mind.

The site slopes down from the north to the south and so the challenge was to provide an easily navigated path through from the lower entry level, up and through the house to the sunny living spaces at the rear of the site.

Strong honed concrete block walls and clear-storey light have been used as a directional devices. Feature stack-bonded walls draw one in and lead the eye up and through the house towards the light and openness of the living areas. The journey is completed with two strong, concrete block piers which support the louvered roof over the outdoor dining area. A garden seat terminates the axis.

A second living space associated with the lower level bedrooms has been provided to accommodate teenage activities with some acoustic separation. The ability to work from home without interruption of family living has also been accommodated in this design.


“We began our design journey with Carolyn asking us to give her a few words to describe the kind of house we hoped for. We started with ‘welcoming and stylish’ for the exterior and ‘light, airy and spacious’ for the interior. From this simple start, Carolyn was able to envisage just what we wanted and we now have a house that suits us in every way.  We would change absolutely nothing about our layout; it just works so well.

Carolyn was also able to create the special character we were after with internal honed concrete block walls and Tasmanian oak flooring.  We were delighted with her clever shelving and cupboard design in the lounge to display our favourite ornaments – this was a feature that helped turn a house into a home. Carolyn’s inspired bathroom designs were also appreciated – each carried a theme that was enhanced by gorgeous splashback and tile colour changes. Thank you Carolyn, we could not be happier with our home.”

featured in:

Houses-Issue-29-Spring-2013-thumn HOUSES NZ Magazine
(Spring – Issue 29)