The Australian Heritage Homes team has decades of experience working on all sorts of properties, styles of homes and with the unique asks that you might not be able to take anywhere else – and this job was no exception!
We consider ourselves confident and prolific with the toughest styles of homes and types of properties and more often than not, when it comes to requests and intake forms, the word “sloped” is in there somehow.
CHALLENGE NO. 1
Sloped lots can be tough to build on, no doubt about that, but they can also create the most beautiful family homes. They have benefits like the ability to create multiple levels where you thought you’d only be able to fit one, or work accordingly so that you can enjoy whatever beautiful panoramic view is just beyond the windows. Those that choose sloped lots generally have one of these types of visions.
CHALLENGE NO. 2
As you can imagine from this build, the home that we’re detailing here was created on a built slope. We’re not talking about a blank piece of land. In fact, this was a knock down and rebuild job. Bonus points because not only was it a sloped lot, it was a treed area, which comes with its own set of challenges, such as knowing where the roots lie and what systems they might interfere with.
It’s your job to enjoy the prospect of what can be. It’s our job to a) be realistic about what’s possible and share it with you, but then hopefully b) bring it to life so that it’s even better than you may think.
Luckily the AHH team was up for the job. If you’ve frequented the site before, you know that treed areas are also our bread and butter. We value the preservation of any type of tree on your lot, as long as it aligns with your vision as a homeowner, so we really think about what trees need to be removed. We also need to think about light and coverage. We never want to block the opportunity of an abundance of fresh light in the morning and evening due to the trees, nor do we want to create an ecosystem that depends on and focuses on the trees, rather than the beautiful home where you and your household will spend your days.
As with any of our properties, it was paramount that we first discuss the scope of budget and the necessities in their eyes when it came to inclusions. We’re used to working with all sorts of personalities, but these homeowners were special and easy to work with, knowing exactly what they wanted right off of the bat.
We can work with any timeline, fast or slow, and these owners were just fine going at a speed where we were meticulous about the details. We had to check off a lot of details including a bush fire assessment and required works.
Incidentally the owner was a qualified electrical contractor and very passionate about his work. He focused on that part of the house and left a personal stamp that will be there for generations to come.
No surprises on either end, but the ultimate result was a beautiful double-story home of 30 squares. It includes a rumpus room, lounge, dining area, kitchen, four bedrooms and a master bedroom with a full walk-through robe and large ensuite plus a study – all of the spaces where you know that the best memories will be made. The materials – second or recycled bricks – also tell a special part of the story.
Other highlights include:
- Upstairs balcony to enjoy the panoramic views of beautiful Warrandyte North
- Featured floor and wall tiling to all wet areas
- Shaving cabinets in each bathroom
- Feature Timber Floor and carpets throughout the house
- LED down lights
- Soft closing drawers and doors in the kitchen (a great win for late night sneaky snackers)
- Large alfresco and surround deckings feature a custom horizontal wire balustrading
- Double car garage.
- Feature high gloss woodwork throughout
- Feature tiled bases to showers.
- Fully enclosed Stained staircase
- Square set cornice line throughout
All in a day’s work and always so satisfying when you see the owners enjoy the home as much as the team did working on it.