The Cove House has an undoubtedly luxurious feel, but practicality was not overlooked in many of its inclusions. The home was designed to maximise the orientation of its site, and includes substantial insulation and high-performing low-e glass to reduce the need for mechanical heating and cooling. A large underground water tank, 54 solar panels and three Tesla Powerwall batteries also allows the house to almost exist off the grid.
Completed in 18 months, the spectacular end result is a project quite clearly born from the synthesis between client, designer and builder.
From Brad’s perspective the Cove House has been an outstanding success story for BJ Millar Constructions. The project took out top gong, 2020 HIA–CSR Australian Home of the Year, as well as HIA Australian Custom Built Home (partnered by Beacon Lighting Commercial) – a feat all the more impressive since it was the first time the HIA member of 25 years had entered the awards program.
‘The home has been unbelievably well received, we are very proud of the outcome,’ Brad says. ‘We’ve got a wonderful team and group of subcontractors who are consistently up to the task, so it’s lovely to be recognised for the workmanship.’
From the judges’ perspective, when it came to what wowed them exactly it was this ‘superb workmanship and craftsmanship carried out with precision and thought’, their comments acknowledging the design’s complexity and the careful, expert construction required to pull it off.
‘We’re very proud we’ve come through this with our relationship with the client and architect, our people and our contractors stronger than ever,’ Brad says. ‘That means we’ve hit the mark all round.’
If the details, clever design and craftsmanship all made a near ‘perfect’ project, then perhaps it’s the passion that the trio put into the home that can be felt from within, producing that transcendent ‘magical’ feel.