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Thorne Group

THORNE GROUP: BUILDING ARCHITECTURAL HOMES SINCE 2007

Thinking about subdividing or building on a small site?

In this case study we look at how a two-storey home delivering 226 sqm of liveable interior space, along with extensive decking to maximise indoor / outdoor flow, was achieved on a mere 271 sqm site.


Here is some insight into how we approached this project and some of the key features we managed to pack into this thoughtfully designed home.


Semi self-contained lower level


Incorporating a semi self-contained lower level offers broad appeal.

  • Empty nesters whose children have flown the coop but still want to visit, likely with grandkids in tow.

  • Those who regularly have guests to stay (short or long term) but enjoy having their own personal space.

  • Families with teenagers, where they can enjoy a separate hang out zone (as well as a sleepover area).

Factored into the ground floor of this home is a bathroom, two generously sized bedrooms and a guest lounge with bar/sink (that could also function as a bedroom). All rooms open onto a wrap-around deck featuring an outdoor shower for after beach rinse-offs. Direct ground floor access ensures that visitors (short or long term), can be independent and quite self-sufficient.


Key features upstairs

  • Two large decks

  • Large walk in pantry

  • Window Seat

  • Separate Study with ample storage

  • Separate W/C

  • Master bedroom with large WIW and ensuite


The upper-level boasts living areas that feel deceptively large. Spaces transition seamlessly from one to the other connecting the lounge, dining area with large wrap around window seat, and kitchen (with walk in pantry). Providing multiple zones within one large, open space ensures occupants feel like they have their own space to withdraw to. Tucked efficiently into the east corner is an office, guest powder room and master bedroom with large ensuite and walk in wardrobe. Provision for future installation of a lift means the home remains practical regardless of advancing years.


In consideration to prevailing winds, this home is designed so that if the breeze is coming from the north, you can sit outside on the west side and have protection. Multiple deck areas provide the opportunity to enjoy both the sun rise and sun set.


A functional kitchen with plenty of storage is absolutely key.


Master bedroom (with large ensuite and WIW), cleverly designed with large stacker doors and a face fixed balustrade. Creating a feeling of being outdoors and enjoying the view shaft to the sea.


Providing a practical work from home space within the design is now more important than ever.


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