While this picturesque site presented many opportunities Intermode was the second team approached by our clients Grant and Sally to prepare a design for their new home.


Taking into account the unpredictable weather, and the intended use of the house as a weekend getaway, the design embraces the natural landscape to beautifully frame the home.



With a passion for birdwatching, the full height glazing and spacious decks offer ideal spots for the family to enjoy observing the diverse local birdlife. The property boasts breathtaking views of the undulating rural landscape stretching to distant water vistas.

Charred hardwood in the Japanese style [Shou Sugi Ban (焼杉板)] was selected for the cladding.  Given the orientation and the often ferocious southerly winds, the design features a north facing, sheltered semi-circular outdoor living area, framed in hardwood planking with an open fire pit, and directly adjacent to the open plan living, dining and kitchen zone.

The house is designed as two main pavilions with a smaller pavilion at the entry housing a double garage and generous mudroom/laundry.  Entrance to the main living pavilion is through a glazed doorway and breezeway that opens out to an outdoor dining space.  This main pavilion features a spacious open plan kitchen, dining and living area with a butler’s pantry adjacent to the kitchen.


The western end of the main pavilion incorporates a master bedroom, ensuite and an additional bedroom.


The second pavilion, at a slightly lower level to the main pavilion,  accommodates three guest bedrooms, two bathrooms and a generous multi purpose room.



The kitchen features joinery in Alpine Ash veneer with contrasting white stone bench top and splashback.  In the living space a Cheminees Philippe fireplace sits on a burnished concrete plinth.

Two sets of cleverly concealed double bunk spaces are located at either end of the full height spinewall cupboards that run along the length of the bedroom pavilion.






Built during the Covid-19 pandemic, with materials in relatively short supply, the outcome is a superb modern residence crafted to meticulous standards and completed in a relatively short time frame. Credit is due to the exceptional collaboration of the entire team, including our construction partner V-Con, the project consultants and our fabulous clients – Grant and Sally!

Located on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula on the traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung / Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation.

Project Drawing

Project Features

  • 5 Bedrooms

    3 Bathrooms


  • Butler's Pantry

    Outdoor Entertaining

    Powder Room

  • Laundry/Mudroom

    Double Garage

    Outdoor Dining

  • Multi Purpose Room

    Generous Decking

    Expansive Glazing

Project Finishes

  • Floor

    Burnished Concrete

  • Cladding

    Charred Timber

  • Interior Paint + Joinery


  • Kitchen Joinery

    Alpine Ash

  • Decking

    Silvered Hardwood

  • Blinds - Living


  • Blinds - Bedrooms


  • Bathroom

    Porcelain Tiles

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