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To wake up to the tree­tops, birds and beau­ti­ful sun­rise is breath­tak­ing! – Fiona

The house has one main bed­room on the top level with a guest room, cur­rently be­ing rented out on Airbnb, lo­cated be­low.

“The guest room is in­cred­i­ble! The doors slide open in front and to the side and you feel as though you’re sleep­ing out­doors,” says Fiona. “Our guests love it and we’ve re­ceived great re­views.”

The floors on the top level are ply­wood, an ecofriendly al­ter­na­tive to solid wood. They were stained by Hol­ly­wood Dé­cor.

In the main bed­room, OSB was used for the bed and cup­boards and a re­fresh­ing out­door shower was in­cor­po­rated in the de­sign. “We love to be out­doors; there’s a ceil­ing over the shower and the op­tion to en­close it with glass, if re­quired later,” says Fiona. “We use it in both win­ter and sum­mer. The slid­ing doors that open from our bed­room onto the shower deck also make our space seem a lit­tle big­ger.”

Look­ing back on the project, John and Fiona are pleased with what was achieved within their bud­get. “Yes, we would have loved more elab­o­rate fin­ishes, an ex­tra room and longer decks but we don’t feel that we’ve cut back on any­thing. If funds al­low, we may want to add a study or spare room in the fu­ture,” says Fiona. Luck­ily, the steel is de­signed in a mod­u­lar for­mat which means that it can be extended by clip­ping on ad­di­tional mod­ules when re­quired.

The Whit­fields look for­ward to tack­ling their in­dige­nous gar­den and in­stalling a rain wa­ter har­vest­ing sys­tem. “For now, we en­joy the res­i­dent goshawk, the birds and but­ter­flies are in abun­dance, and we even have a leguaan that vis­its from time to time. What more could we wish for?” asks Fiona.

There’s a seam­less flow be­tween the out­door shower and main bed­room; the shower is used all year around, no mat­ter the weather.

The ex­posed brick wall in the guest room down­stairs is also a re­tain­ing wall. The floor is balau as the area was orig­i­nally de­signed as an out­door space.

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