Seaforth House

Managing spaces and natural light to create a striking facade


Offering an open-plan interior, luxury finishes and a striking modern facade, this is the ideal multigenerational home 

Of timeless contemporary design, this expansive multigenerational home boasts a striking facade. It also has a refined interior with well-proportioned spaces and a varied palette of materials and colours. Wanting a quality custom desgined and built hose, the owners decidesd to contact Chateau Architects + Builders.

Afterwards, the team worked through various design options and developed a plan  that matched both the clients’ brief and budget. “Each discipline was involved to ensure cost efficiencies were explored and an accurate fixed price determined at the end of the design stage before it was submitted to Council for approval,” says Roderick. “Also, having a single point of contact and one company accountable for the whole project provided the clients with peace of mind.” 

A striking design 

In building the home, Roderick McDonald, Company Architect,  explains, “The brief was to create a large family home over three levels.” He continues, “One that considered the site constraints, topography of the land and orientation of the site. The internal spaces were to be open and filled with natural light, and they wanted five bedrooms. This was to include a master suite with a walk-in robe and ensuite, three children’s bedrooms with built-in or walk-in robes, and a guest bedroom offering both a walk-in robe and ensuite.”

Next, the basement level is a games and activity centre with the garage fitted out. So, it can double as a gym and party zone. As for the landscape, this is the perfect counterpoint to the house. For the owners, the highlight is the rear garden with its large koi pond which has become their new hobby.

A touch of warmth and modern facade 

Finally, the style of architecture is modern as the variety of finishes helps in achieving warmth. This includes engineered timber panels on the front facade. Thus, the house design had to consider and respond to steep falls across the site. Taking an inviting apporach, the architecture integrated the front stairs and the landscape.

“Modern and open-plan, the interior is replete with exquisite design elements such as a large central stair void with a steel-spine staircase over which skylights soar,” says Roderick. 

“Then, there are the recessed shadowline cornices, architrave and skirting details that required exacting construction and the custom joinery and cabinetry, with select stone benchtops.

“The statement colours and finishes, which were selected by the clients in close collaboration with an interior designer, create a unique and personal style throughout that complements the architecture,” adds Roderick.

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