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De­cep­tively pared-back in ap­pear­ance, the house is ac­tu­ally a feat of en­gi­neer­ing and be­spoke de­tail. A com­plex steel frame – as­sem­bled with­out weld­ing due to the water­front lo­ca­tion – forms the foun­da­tion that ev­ery other ma­te­rial is built around and into. “Michelle spent a lot of time de­tail­ing the steel frame to get it right,” says John. “Once it was up, it set the frame­work for the rest.”

The house has three main zones: a par­ents’ wing, liv­ing ar­eas and a chil­dren’s wing. “The steel frame pav­il­ion is sep­a­rated from the sleep­ing zones by the thick brick walls,” ex­plains Michelle. “These walls house join­ery and pro­vide a vis­ual and spa­tial sep­a­ra­tion.” In con­junc­tion with the tim­ber pan­elling that fea­tures both in­side and out, the brick­work was se­lected not only for its aes­thetic ap­peal but also as a means of avoid­ing plas­ter­board. “I’m not a fan of it at all,” says John. It was a labour-in­ten­sive de­ci­sion, but a suc­cess­ful one. “The con­trast of the white brick and the black­ened tim­ber sid­ing is one of my favourite things about the house,” says Michelle.

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