Fifth time’s a charm

Penelope ThomasThe West Australian
Custom build by Coast Homes at Mount Claremont.
Camera IconCustom build by Coast Homes at Mount Claremont. Credit: Supplied.

For the owners of this striking custom build in Mount Claremont, maximising natural light and having ample space to entertain formed a key part of the overall design brief.

Built by Coast Homes, the double-storey residence took just over 12 months to complete and ticked all the right boxes for the owners.

Being the fifth build in 42 years for the married couple, finding the right builder to work closely with was important.

“Prior to this build, we had built two houses as owner-builders, and as much as we had enjoyed the journey, we simply did not have the energy or time to do another one without the help of a builder,” the couple said.

“We were looking for a builder that was going to allow us to work closely with them before and during the build, allowing us to make decisions.”

After several meetings and lots of discussions with Coast Homes, the couple said they felt confident the builder understood their detailed design brief, and made the decision to go ahead with them.

“As the block is north-south facing, we wanted to make sure the home incorporated several passive-solar design principles,” the homeowners said.

To maximise as much natural sunlight as possible, the ceiling in the main living area was lifted above the standard height and a series of clerestory windows were installed to boost the amount of light and airflow.

Large glass sliding doors connect the main living area to the outdoors, where a shaded alfresco forms the perfect spot for a cup of coffee in the morning or dinner with family and friends in the evening.

“Every day we appreciate walking into the main living area that leads to the outdoors, as we can feel the warmth and energy coming from the natural sunlight,” the homeowners said. “It is a very calming space to be in.”

For others thinking of building a new home, they said to really think about how you and your family lived your life each day.

“Write a list of needs before your wants,” they said. “Consider your budget, look for alternative options, allow for flexibility, be patient, be open to new ideas but don’t rush into deciding things, think about each detail before you make final decisions and don’t get caught up in current trends.

“Communicating well with your builder really helps to achieve the home you want.”

CONTACT Coast Homes, 6241 6766, www.coasthomeswa.com.au

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