Warrimoo’s Candice O’Connor never expected to end up living in an award-winning home but that was exactly what happened when Penrith building designer David Walker took out two prestigious NSW Building Designers Awards earlier this month.
“I woke up the next day and thought wow,” Mrs O’Connor said when she heard the news.
Judges at the Sydney awards event on Friday, August 23, called it a cleverly designed home in harmony with the surrounding landscape. It won two awards —for new residential buildings 251-350 square metres and for new single residential buildings up to $2000 per square metre.
“The site had considerable challenges,” Mr Walker of David Walker Designs told the Gazette. “Highly dense woodland, seven metres fall [from the front to the back] and a three-metre creek running parallel to the northern boundary.”
Mr Walker said from the outset it was clear it would need to be a split-level home because of the topography of the site.
The modern split level two-year-old home spreads over three levels with two living areas, raked ceilings and all four bedrooms have bush views through elongated windows. The construction met budget, costing $470,000 over the 12-month build. And the design “gave full consideration to the northern aspect, ensuring all living areas benefited from solar design and bushland views”.
Mrs O’Connor, who has also studied design, said the home in The Boulevarde very nearly didn’t get built. She bought the land with husband Tim several years ago but pulled out of the deal during the cooling off period because it all seemed too difficult.
“It was so overgrown and steep and we had young children,” she said. A year later when the land came back on the market they reconsidered and met with David Walker to bring their family home to life.
Mr Walker said he felt “very proud not only for me but for my clients who put trust in me to design this beautiful home”.
“When you go to those awards nights you know you are up against it, with other fantastic homes with water views ... [but] it is good to see our bushland is on par.”