Project Description

With a breathtaking outlook over the sprawling hills of Warrandyte South, this custom-built brick veneer house takes full advantage of the magnificent views across the surrounding paddocks. The on-site basketball and tennis facilities are an innovative home gym alternative, while the epic vista enjoyed by the pool offers the ultimate in outdoor luxury.


The owners got in touch 2 years ago to discuss a knock-down rebuild of the original double storey farmhouse on the large site. They felt that although the existing house was sturdy and spacious, it was built in an era that favoured functionality over aesthetic design and comfort. As a result, the interior was compartmentalized, and the surrounding views were difficult to appreciate.

They wanted a home with a natural open plan flow that could capture 180 degree views of the rolling pastures.

With a very specific inclusion list in mind, we discussed how we could achieve this within budget, and drew up a definite plan.

Challenge #1 - Sloped Site

Although the ground was fairly level, there was a significant drop off in the land to the front of the planned house. This meant that extra structural support was needed to bolster the perimeter of the site.

Challenge #2 - Building a Pool on a Hill

The owners wanted the pool to benefit from the stunning views, meaning it needed to be constructed on a steep slope. We achieved this using a retaining wall, along with landscaping and grading.

Our Solution

After extensive discussion and consultation with the owners, we decided that the best way to achieve what they wanted was by knocking down the existing building and replacing it with a 38 square single level house that spans the width of the site. This would allow them to take full advantage of the panoramic views.

To maximize functionality, we equipped each of the 4 bedrooms of the house with individual ensuite bathrooms, including featured floor and wall tiling. The master suite has the added inclusion of his and hers walk-in wardrobes, and is fitted with 3 pane sliding doors to take in the fantastic views.

The open plan layout throughout the home offers a very airy feel, and the double aspect windows in the living area give a spectacular overview of the landscape. Our team combined wall-to-wall windows with an overhead skylight in the kitchen to draw in the natural light, while the exposed rafters in the adjoining alfresco make it a fantastic shaded retreat for diners.

High gloss woodwork in all areas of the house creates a modern and sleek theme, and the neutral feature carpets provide a very natural finish to the overall furnishing of the home. This contemporary style is complemented by LED downlights, which give the owners maximum control over the lighting in each room.

To the exterior, the front of the house is framed by a customized porch with bespoke stone pillars.


The project ran very smoothly from start to finish, coming in on time and on budget, thanks to the ongoing dialogue with the owners throughout the build. Our team at Australian Heritage Homes were thrilled to work on such a picturesque site, and we were delighted to hear that the resulting home ticked every box for the owners. Who wouldn’t love a view like that!


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Before building with Australian Heritage Homes, we looked through many different display homes from many different mass-produced home-building companies. While some of these were lovely and seemed reasonably priced, we just couldn’t find a house design that would suit our needs and encapsulate the views on our new block of land in Warrandyte South.

From our very first meeting with Renay from Australian Heritage Homes, we were sold and knew we really needed to build a custom home designed specifically for our family, and we are so glad that we did!

Renay, Kane and the whole team were simply a delight to work with throughout the whole building process. Nothing was too much trouble, and they listened attentively to our ideas, needs, and preferences, incorporating them, where possible, into the design and construction of our home.

Not every builder would be able to boast that their clients found them to be friendly and easy to deal with, but that was exactly how we would describe our experience. Whether it was a phone call to Renay or a quick question on-site for Kane and the rest of the team, nothing was too much trouble or a silly question; these builders were very happy to collaborate with us - we felt as though we were part of the team.

While the whole team from Australian Heritage Homes were friendly, approachable and talented at what they do, the other subcontractors and tradesmen used on-site were also top-level and showed a genuine passion for what they do. It was evident that they took immense pride in their work, and they consistently went above and beyond to ensure our satisfaction. Renay has assembled an amazing team of people who are not only good at what they do but are also friendly and approachable too.

Working with Australian Heritage Homes has been an absolute pleasure. And by the way, you don’t have to build a “Heritage Home” to build with them; ours isn’t - they’ll build whatever type of home you would like; that’s the beauty of using a custom home builder. We are incredibly grateful for the home they have built for us, and we wholeheartedly recommend their services to anyone looking for a top-notch custom home-building experience.

The Burkitt Family

Warrandyte South