In the treetops
When John and Fiona bought their plot, the bottom section was extremely overgrown. “When we first started clearing the area, we discovered a wealth of trees and plants and decided to subdivide,” Fiona explains.
“But we were worried that if we sold the bottom half of the plot, the new owner might spoil the view from the existing house at the top, so we decided to relocate there ourselves and sell the house!”
The lower section of the property, although beautiful, was extremely uneven with a steep gradient. Most people would shy away from building on such challenging terrain, but not the Whitfields.
“We showed the plot to our architect Dal Venables who was then still a student; he was very excited about its potential and so were we!” says Fiona.
In 2015, when the time came to start building, the Whitfields went back to Dal who now had his own firm, DMV Architecture, with partner Neal Fisher; they agreed to take on the challenge and building commenced three months later.
Building the steel-frame house took just one year – one of the benefits of this method – and in May 2016 the couple could move in. “We love being at one with nature in the treetops; it’s a calm and relaxing environment in which to live,” says Fiona.
The lounge has an unrestricted view of the Baakens Valley. Leatherhead from Midas Envirolite