From the street, this North Bondi home may not turn many heads: all that’s visible is an elegantly finished garage and gate. But the lush greenery springing up from the concealed terrace above the garage hints at the oasis-like retreat that lies within.
This twice-awarded home was built by HIA member Relyon Constructions
, a 15-year-old company that specialises in commercial fitout, high-end residential and government work in and around Sydney. Director Scott Thurkettle says that as a knock-down rebuild, the project presented a number of design and logistical challenges, thanks in part to the tight, narrow block. The existing home was a single-level Californian bungalow, which the clients had been living in for a while.
‘They loved the area, but they found the house very dark, with the neighbouring properties casting shadows over them,’ Scott says. ‘They wanted to open it up, let the light and the air in, and bring as much greenery into the house as possible.’ They were also focused on creating a sustainable, thermally-efficient home that could deliver energy and water savings over the long term.