The core features of this passive-solar home, which was designed by Carla Karsakis of Etica Studio and built by Cape Constructions, are undoubtedly its incredible sense of space, the beautiful northern courtyard and gorgeous wraparound ocean views.
The clients wanted a solid and robust family home that maximised space on the site. They also wanted the home to have a modern coastal style, which would allow plenty of light and air into its grand open spaces, while highlighting the ocean views.
The builder and designer achieved the brief through careful consideration of the site and the placement of spaces. U- and L-shaped floor plans were selected to maximise space, while raw and refined materials and finishes were used to achieve a warm and inviting feel.
The property features cedar cladding, exposed concrete ceilings and black commercial windows, as well as raw and galvanized steel elements. The site’s terrain, retaining work and council-approval setbacks posed a unique challenge to the builder and designer. However, all obstacles were overcome with great finesse by Cape Constructions and Karsakis.
Based in Dunsborough, Cape Constructions builds homes from Busselton through to Yallingup, Eagle Bay, Margaret River and the surrounding South-West areas. It completes approximately four new homes each year, as well as some renovations and a number of commercial projects.
Cape Constructions was founded in 2007 by Charles Grist and David Norrish. The company’s constructions manager, Greg Hough, has been on board since the company’s inception and is now a partner.
The company has won more than 30 awards for its work since it first entered the Master Builders-Bankwest Building Excellence Awards for the South-West region in 2010. It has been successful in the Building Excellence, Contract Homes, Supervisor of the Year and Small Builder of the Year categories, among many others. Most recently, it took home the Best Small Builder award for 2017.
The company offers a complete design- and- construct service, and has a network of designers on hand who work with the team on the job to design the style of home the client desires. Cape Constructions maintains its high level of quality through employing the best tradespeople and working closely with the client, designers and architects to achieve the desired result, every time.