The clients were after a new contemporary house that would make better use of their existing site than their tired, red brick cottage. The challenge lay in designing something contemporary, including all items of the brief (which included keeping the existing pool), without any flourishes that would make the home non-compliant – all on a modestly sized site of only 230 sqm. So the architects let indoor and outdoor areas work seamlessly as one. And combined concrete with extensive windows to brighten the rooms and effect largeness. The result is generous space for the family of four that lives in it and a bold contemporary home shining out of the neighbourhood.