New South Wales
Leslie and Keith spent a career building houses together. Before downing their tools, they needed a place to put up their feet. The result, Balmain House, is a balancing act: the product of collective experience but also a family experiment. Sweeping views over the city are framed by long eaves and a sunken walled garden. A covered walkway leads from an existing brick cottage to a pavilion at the rear where a skylight captures glimpses of tall gum trees above. Sliding doors open onto a secluded courtyard bathed in low winter light, and on summer evenings the raised walkway becomes a seat from which to watch the dimming skyline beyond.