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A unique home design

Our clients approached us for an architect designed family home guided by design values of elegance and simplicity, and related to its immediate forest and beachside location. The home design addresses its site challenges and opportunities, while working within our client's budget. A geometric form responds to the site constraints to allow for privacy to and from the adjoining properties. A pitched, angular roof draws north winter sunlight deep into the main living areas. This allows the internal spaces to feel generous, and full of natural light throughout the year. Particular attention was given to the roof structure to develop a cost effective timber truss design. The unique skillion roof shape offered an architectural language expressed within the home's entry stair gallery. This added to the home design uniqueness in a practical and functional manner.

Expressed functionality

A skeleton (open) structure encapsulates the approach to the main entry door. This intentionally creates an interesting entry way, and an opportunity to meander through the angled landscaped gardens. The project architect and engineers collaborated to accommodate a large exposed steel beam wrapping from the entry gallery to form space for a double car port. To the rear of the house, another large beam frames a large, outdoor deck. Angular shapes continue thematically throughout the home, with triangle windows and a raked ceiling that rises dramatically to capture natural light.

Colour and material palette

The house openly expresses its inverted truss roof frame. The timber truss references its beach and forrest location, expressed by dark steel and charred (virtually black) timber. This provided the home added practicality of a material not requiring further maintenance with staining or painting. Within the home, a disciplined palette of concrete block work, dark steel, glass and charred timber give the interiors a timeless, sophisticated look. In addition, perforated metal screens wrap the upper level balconies, and provide privacy and dappled shade.

The home has received accolades in the following South West HIA Award categories:

Winner - HIA South West Innovation in housing
Winner - HIA South West Innovation in lightweight housing
Winner - HIA South West Innovation in lightweight housing, over $800,000

Our heartiest congratulations to the builder Dunsborough Construction. Project photography courtesy of Peter Hughes Photography.

Visitors to Dunsborough have the option to stay at the Forest Beach House with its luxurious touches and ocean views. Please visit Private Properties for details and availability. We'd love to hear from you when you have.

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Craig Steere Architects is an award winning practice designing luxury family homes for Metropolitan Perth and the South-West region of Australia, including Margaret River. 

The practice is comprised of a small professional team offering a personalised architecture and interior design service. Craig Steere has collective experience in a wide variety of architectural disciplines, obtained since graduating in 1985.

Our Vision.

Craig Steere Architects is committed to design excellence. Our enthusiasm, creativity and attention to detail, together with a priority to listen, provide the catalyst for successful and high quality, world class and award winning solutions.

Our value statement.

  • Empathy – we believe in listening to and understanding our clients' needs
  • Reliable – you can rely on our service to respond responsibly to your requirements
  • Efficient – we strive to be efficient at all times in every aspect of our service
  • Creative/innovative/original, but practical & functional – our service aims to respond to our clients' requirements in a creative, innovative and original way, whilst also being practical and functional
  • Integrity – we believe in being ethical together with being socially and environmentally conscious of our clients, architecture and society in general. We provide an honest and trustworthy service
  • Teamwork – we believe in supporting our staff through listening and training and encourage active involvement and contribution to help uphold our values


Craig Steere Architects is committed to design excellence and a high standard of professional service. Each project is approached with an enthusiastic and specialised response in order to achieve the desires of each individual ‘client brief’. Our creative designs are not restricted to satisfying just the client brief, but are always conscious of the surrounding social and environmental impact.

The Practice.

Craig Steere Architects was established in 1994 and is located in Shenton Park, in Perth’s prestigious Western suburbs. Craig Steere Architects projects are frequently nominated for the Australian Institute of Architects design awards. Works are regularly published in magazines, journals and hardcopy books, nationally and worldwide. Craig Steere Architects is an A+ member of the Australian Institute of Architects and is registered with the Architects Board of Western Australia, striving to provide a high standard of professional service at all times.

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