“That’s because we pulled the roof down and incorporated it into the front facade, merging the two to create one unique, well-articulated elevation,” explains building designer Darren Evans of Solar Solutions Design.
“We couldn’t get away with using any roofing materials with this type of design so we opted for Boral’s designer shingles to provide that wow-factor. We also needed a high quality product that would be appropriate for a steep application, in this case 74 degrees, and their minimalist texture maintains the building’s clean, modern feel.”
The stunning tiles, Boral’s Designer Ceramic shingle in Eclipse, are also very easy to maintain, which was crucial to the homeowners Trevor and Kay Matthews’ brief low-maintenance home that was also energy-efficient. “Our existing house had solar hot water, heavy duty curtains and much improved insulation but making it even more environmentally friendly remained difficult due to its timber construction,” explains Trevor. “Our housing market searches over several years for a new energy-efficient house yielded disappointingly little. We had already extended our existing house on three occasions and felt that, as retirees, the time was right for us to undertake the challenge of building a new house and home.”
The pair decided to subdivide their 1422m2 site to build a new house at the rear. Their aim was to create something that would blend aesthetically with its surroundings, and respect the environment. The Boral shingle tiles was one of the materials chosen to help them realise this vision.
“The decision to use these tiles was arrived at jointly in consultation with our builder, Mick Sier of Sier Constructions,” explains Trevor. “We looked at many different types of tiles but felt that these Boral ones were the best fit in terms of appearance and practicality; they were chosen for their shingle-like appearance, reasonable cost, low maintenance requirements and long lifespan.
The elegant tiles also complement the property’s stonework and contribute to the drama of the steeply angled roof, which provides a striking visual effect from the upper reaches of the front driveway.
“Visitors to the house almost always comment favourably on the roof line and the appearance of the roof tiles,” says Trevor. “People even seek information about the actual composition of the tiles and we have noticed that many of them are not familiar with coloured ceramic tiles.”
There’s a lot that the couple love about their new home from the large windows and 12 rooftop skylights that flood the house with light and provide stunning views of their surrounding garden and birdlife, to the functional open-plan spaces of the living areas, the spacious ensuite bathroom, the outdoor entertainment areas, both downstairs and upstairs, and also the property’s energy efficiency. “And when returning home, we always admire the front entrance, the front roof line and the front roof tiles,” adds Trevor.