Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Diamond in the Cove Sparkles

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Diamond in the Cove Sparkles

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INSPIRED by an unusual diamond-shaped block adjoining a bushland buffer at Settler's Cove, building designer Ian Gorton, of Mojo Designs, has created a stunning, split-level home that ingeniously works with and actually enhances its site's restrictions.

"The inspiration of this home was the site - it just responds to the site," Ian explains. "The diamond shape of the block just pushed the house into certain areas."

Mr Gorton agrees the house looks more conventional from the street, however a stunning two-storey timber privacy screen adds wonderful texture and street appeal.

"I think the home's best aspect is from the house next door because it's from there that you see the full extent of the home as it rises up the slope."

Personally, I think the home is best experienced, rather than viewed.

On ground level is the garage, main entry and study but after walking through the front door, your eye is immediately drawn to the right.

A wide tiled staircase sweeps down to the main living area and the view is immediately through the tall walls of glass to the natural bush canopy beyond.

It's hard to believe we're so close to Noosa looking out at this beautiful view. And the entire length of the home on this northerly side enjoys this same peaceful outlook - completely oblivious to the surrounding houses.

Having designed two side-by-side luxury display homes at the Noosa estate, Mr Gorton said he was able to ensure each home had privacy from its neighbour.

"It is so important to consider what's around you when designing a house. These two houses respond to each other and I was able to maximise the best of both by being able to design them at the same time," he said.

"The orientation is as close to north as possible and you won't ever lose your privacy from this angle. …

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