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Homes with the most dramatic outlooks often seem to be nestled on the most awkward sites. In such cases, the positioning on the property can dictate the form and flow of the house itself. For this new home project, the owners asked architect Stephan Meijer for a contemporary, European-style design with great views from every room, a pitched roof and a self-contained apartment below. There also needed to be a double garage with internal access, and a pool. To fulfil the client’s brief, the house is long and linear, composed with strong forms that fold over in an attractive facade composition. The generous use of concrete and glass is off-set by the warmth of Canadian cedar on some walls and Colorsteel roofing in the same wood tone. Faced with a steep site, the positioning and layout of the house was crucial, says Meijer. “As a result, we designed the home over split levels – with the garage and formal entry on the top floor. From here, you step down to the main living spaces with the master suite also at this level. The pool is set halfway between this main floor and the basement level, which has a bedroom, home office, gym, wine cellar, ancillary spaces and the self-contained apartment.” Previous pages: This seaside home by architect Stephan Meijer opens up to its picturesque coastal setting from all rooms and floors. Above left: The exact positioning of the house on the site was a key part of the project. Having the garage and drive at the top of the property offered the most effective solution. Above: Visitors descend from the front door to reach the living areas. search | save | share at