Other standouts are the large custom skylights, which pop up into the roof over the kitchen and butler’s pantry. As a result, the kitchen exudes a light-filled ambience as if cooking outdoors, but also mitigates direct sunlight and heat, particularly during the warmer months, with automated retractable screens.
The zoning helps with heating and cooling efficiency too, because users can heat or cool only the areas in use at any time. The house is also designed to provide excellent cross-flow ventilation.
‘The skylight retractable blinds provide instant relief from solar heat in the summer months whilst allowing beautiful natural light into the kitchen and pantry areas in the winter months at the touch of a button,’ Steve explains.
Considering Steve and Vicki have only ever entered two HIA awards – winning both – the house is a testament to their commitment to quality. The market agreed too: it was snapped up in 30 days to buyers who had been house hunting for three years.
The project is also a perfect contribution to the area they grew up in, work in and love. And it marks a passion that’s sustained them for 35 years on the Mornington Peninsula, evolving the business to include six office staff, 13 carpenters onsite, a full-time labourer and team of preferred trades, based from their headquarters on Sorrento’s main street.
‘We’ve grown a lot over the years, but we are passionate about retaining personal contact with our clients and maintaining a team which delivers buildings of the highest quality that we can proud of,’ Vicki says.