However, to achieve the final result, there were also a number of negative aspects to overcome. The small site area of 428m² together with the wide frontage and angled front boundary resulted in an available building platform of only 145m². However, with our process of individual custom design, we were able to achieve a home that accommodates their family of 4, with flexible dual living/entertaining areas to allow for regular large family gatherings.
When our clients first contacted us in April 2013, they had recently purchased a small block of land at Collaroy and with their friends and family urging them not to do it, were somewhat nervous about the building process. But, in November 2014, Leo and Nadia moved into, what in their own words, is their “dream” home. No nightmare stories but exhilarated by the achievement and that the finished result exceeded all expectations. This vacant block of land had a number of positive features:
- expansive ocean views
- elevated street aspect
- wide frontage
- perfect access to the prevailing breezes