The Mona Vale House saw Sago Build collaborate with LMD Building Services to deliver a challenging build in Sydney's northern beaches. The challenge of the heavily sloping site was added to by a budgetary constraint that required the existing driveway and a retaining wall to be retained and the house, essentially an elevated box, was to hover over the existing driveway to preserve two car parking spots underneath. A careful steel structure elevated the house above this delicate ground condition and then provided a solid platform for the timber-framed house above.
Construction of the house wrapped the exterior in a modernist entry ramp and curvilinear wall which were both clad in Australian hardwood timber. These timber elements were carefully crafted to dissolve into screens at certain points to let light in while preserving privacy toward neighbouring properties.
The build also extended to a careful renovation of an existing 1970s Pettit and Sevitt house with similar timber elements to tie the two houses together despite the long, deep block.
The build was completed on time and on budget with no cost or time variations as a result of rising out of the complex and delicate ground condition. The home now stands as a true collaboration between the clients and the construction team and three generations are now living on this beautiful coastal site.
Architecture by Sago Design
Photography by Alexander Mayes
The Gloucester Farmhouse saw Sago Build collaborate with local contractor LMD Building Services to construct a unique weekend house and yoga studio in the rolling hills near Gloucester in northern New South Wales. The repetitive open roof trusses proved to be both a cost-effective method of construction and an expressive way of referencing the rural building culture that exists in the local area. Recycled hardwood timber was salvaged from a disused barn on the site to create a bedhead in the main bedroom that was infused with the character of the site. The construction process was undertaken as a creative collaboration with the clients and a number of unique touches, such as the custom pendant light fitting over the kitchen, produced a stunning result that truly made this a personal home right from the day of completion.
Architecture by SCA and Sago Design
Photography by Sago Design
The Ultimo Terrace demonstrated that a tight construction budget and a tight urban site can still produce a quality renovation and a comfortable family home. With the 1880s terrace built boundary to boundary site access limited to carrying all materials in by hand via the front door and carefully through the front original part of the house.
Existing concrete slabs were revealed through demolition and were honed to achieve a contemporary aesthetic which timber veneer was used for the central stair and storage volume as a more crafted counter-point to the rough concrete.
The living space was dramatically improved by opening up the dining and kitchen spaces to the courtyard garden via a new wide doorway with all doors sliding open to be disappear within a concealed pocket for maximum connection between inside and out. The completed build achieved its objective of navigating a tight construction budget to achieve a contemporary pad for the clients.