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Top and above right: A large overhang on the east side of the house creates a sheltered outdoor living area that overlooks the tennis court. The court has retractable boundary netting. Above: The new poolscape features a swimming pool with a wet edge, so the water is flush with the paving. There is also a spa pool and a fire pit water feature. LED lighting enhances the drama at night. Most of the existing trees on the site were retained, including a large jacaranda. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Serena Pearce search | save | share at Rodrigues. “For the same reason we added French doors to the bedrooms that open to the upper terrace. These are another traditional reference, as are the pergola elements.” The original staircase was retained, with a new walnut balustrade to match the flooring. A mix of materials features in the kitchen. The cabinetry is lacquered, while the oven tower and panelling around the extractor are a light timber veneer. Marble, with a prominent veining, was specified for the front of the island and splashback. Additional storage and bench space are provided in a hidden scullery at the rear. The house has air conditioning, but this is rarely used as there is good cross ventilation on both floors. “We also incorporated a large array of solar panels on the north-facing roof. These generate sufficient electricity to meet the energy needs of the household,” says Rodrigues. “Rainwater is also harvested for reuse in the vegetable and herb gardens.”