Building Mia & Simon’s Surrey Hills home

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November 25, 2022


When clients Mia and Simon approached us, we were really excited by all the great ideas they had for their new home and the interesting challenges their block presented.

They wanted a new home that would work with their existing block and would carry them into the future with their two daughters.

“Mia & Simon were realistic on the expectations of house size to budget ratio & worked with us at every design milestone to achieve this.”

John Bonacci, Design Manager


The brief

Our goal was to create a home that ticked all our client’s boxes, all while working within the constraints of the block size and within budget.

The brief included a downstairs master bedroom giving their teenage girls space and privacy upstairs, as well as a functional space for the family.

“Both Mia & Simon didn’t get caught up in making the house too big, so a shared bathroom and separate powder room worked for the girls. In short, every inch of the house design was put to use,” says John.

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The challenge

Every build has its own unique set of challenges, and this build was no exception. Getting a custom modern façade right was very important and a delicate matter considering the heritage overlay on the block.

We used 3D software to help shape the overall design and guide our clients through different scenarios. This allowed them to make informed decisions which included step-downs in the design, resulting in better window placement and maximised light. They also chose to separate the dining and family areas without compromising on the open plan feel.

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Site Manager Alfie Woltering explains that there were certain council requirements due to a heritage overlay, but this was when our building experience and understanding of policy really paid dividends for our clients.

As for the build, Alfie says the site was challenging due to the natural fall of the block and an existing swimming pool in the back garden. Staggering the home’s levels to match the slope provided a great solution and a unique look.

“There was a bit of juggling required. We needed a vacuum crane to deliver and install the skylight and there was a bit of scaffolding involved. It was so rewarding to view the home from the street once the scaffold was dismantled.”

Alfie Woltering, Site Manager

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The look

Mia and Simon worked with our in-house Interior Designers to create a look that would suit the family’s individual style.

The façade takes the well-loved gabled roof look, but a mix of materials gives it a modern twist. Timber melds with black steel and brick for a unique style that offers a nod to the heritage of the area.

Inside is a fresh, neutral pallet that reflects light and creates a sense of calm in this busy family’s life.

“This home is practical and uses its space wisely, without compromising on design, to achieve an amazing result. We see the final product as a completely personalised space.”

Madeleine Kennaugh, Byron Interiors Manager 

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Thinking about building?

Speak to our team to find out what’s possible with your block size and budget.

Amanda Gordon

Metro Consultant
0487 048 300

Tammy Smith

Metro Consultant
0439 965 106

Carey Neville

Permits Manager ‑ Building & Planning (Metro)
0407 691 910

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