This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

A Builder’s Warrandyte Family Home, Over Eight Years In The Making!

Interiors

In a world where houses are often seen as investments rather than personalised places to live, it’s refreshing to hear of a home being slowly constructed to a family’s specific needs.

Over eight years, builder and director of Sanctum Homes Hamish White, and ecologist and landscape designer at Platylobium Lucinda Gow, turned this falling down Warrandyte, Melbourne into their dream family home.

The completed property clad with silvertop ash feels like a piece of the surrounding bush landscape that draws the outdoors in.

17th October, 2022

The family home of Hamish White, director of Sanctum Homes, and ecologist Lucinda Gow in Warrandyte, Melbourne. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming

Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming

Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming

As finances allowed, the owners worked with Maxa Design, Hearth Studio, and Hannah E. Holmen over eight years to transform the house from its ‘falling apart’ state. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming

The interiors are clean and contemporary to draw the eye out to the maturing landscape. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming

Tundra grey marble and American oak veneer joinery draw the outdoors into the interior. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming

The house is home to Hamish, Lucinda, their two children and dog. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming

Sustainable features are integrated throughout, from structurally insulated panels (SIPS) in the extension, to all-electric appliances, a 7kW solar system, and under and slab edge insulation. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming

‘We didn’t want spaces in the house that were just ticks on a real estate checklist,’ says Hamish. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming

Monochrome hallway interiors. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming

 An addition of an en suite to the main bedroom and an earlier small extension made way for a new, larger main bathroom. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming

The functional and sleek laundry. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming

Colour is introduced via the bathroom tiles. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming

A feature timber wall in the bedroom reflects the bush landscape outdoors. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming

Silvertop ash shiplap cladding from Radial Timber Sales features on the facade. Photography – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming

Amelia Barnes
Monday 17th October 2022

‘We didn’t want spaces in the house that were just ticks on a real estate checklist.’ – Hamish White

The creation of Hamish White, director of Sanctum Homes, and ecologist Lucinda Gow’s family home in Warrandyte, Melbourne has been an ongoing project over the past eight years. 

As finances allowed, they’ve worked with Maxa Design, Hearth Studio, and Hannah E. Holmen to transform the house from its ‘falling apart’ state to be high performing and sympathetic to the landscape. These elements were naturally important to both Hamish and his partner Lucinda, who work as a passive house builder and landscape designer respectively.

‘We didn’t want spaces in the house that were just ticks on a real estate checklist,’ says Hamish. ‘The material selections and design needed to be in line with our values as a company and as individuals. The project needed to “fit in” and “settle” into the block.’

Silvertop ash cladding achieves this effect, complemented by tundra grey marble and American oak veneer joinery within. 

The renovated interior spaces are clean and contemporary to draw the eye out to the maturing landscape designed with Esjay Landscapes + Pools and Platylobium.

This connection to the garden, particularly from the dining area that opens on three sides to the outdoors, is Hamish’s favourite element of the project.

Sustainable features are integrated throughout, from structurally insulated panels (SIPS) in the extension, to all-electric appliances, a 7kW solar system, and under and slab edge insulation. 

Sticking to their initial goals, Hamish and Lucinda have created a heartwarming home that prioritises form and function over size.

See more of Sanctum Homes’ work here. 

This Week

News

A Summery New Collection By Australia’s Oldest Textile Mill

Shop Waverly Mills’ beautiful new range of blankets, rugs, and throws, with all fabrics made at their century-old factory!
Christina Karras

Sustainable Homes

‘Future Ready’: Inside One Of Melbourne’s Newest Sustainable Developments

Mirvac are hoping to encourage sustainable living with their innovative 'future ready' display home in Melbourne's inner west.
Christina Karras

Shopping

Bonnie & Neil's Sunny New Collection Is Inspired By Mediterranean Beach Clubs

Bonnie & Neil are bringing the colours of the Italian coast and Grecian-style prints to our home with their new summer collection!
Christina Karras
  13 hours ago

News

New Melbourne Brand Saule Have Created The Dreamiest Robes, Just In Time For Summer

Local creative Sally Tabart has designed the ultimate robe for the home, beach and beyond – and it’s all made here in Melbourne!
Christina Karras

Creative People

Meet The Small Melbourne Brand Reinventing The Humble Gumboot

From a humble farm in South Gippsland, Merry People has grown from a grassroots start-up, to a successful brand sold across the globe!
Christina Karras

Homes

A Tiny Slice Of Japan Inside A Pink Darlinghurst Terrace

Ceramicist Laura Butler shares her 1890s Darlinghurst pink terrace, renovated by Trias in accordance with Japanese design principles.

Studio Visit

Designer Jordan Fleming Makes Playful ‘Creatures’ That Double As Lamps

Her handcrafted pieces are like towering, functional sculptures as tall as people – that look like they could come alive at any moment!
Christina Karras

Interiors

The Central Coast Home Of The Block Alumni Kyal + Kara

The Australian coastal meets Mediterranean family home of former The Block stars Kyal and Kara Demmrich, on the NSW Central Coast.

News

The Melbourne Label Making Stylish Kids' Wetsuits That Grow On Trees

Fants make kids’ wetsuits from natural rubber that look good and do good.
Sponsored

Architecture

An Architect + Interior Designer’s Coastal Home, Grounded In Nature

This Sydney family home is like a private treehouse by the beach, with views at every turn, and unexpected interiors.
Christina Karras

Homes

A Glamorous Update For An Exemplary Ernest Fooks Mid-Century Home

Modernist architect Ernest Fooks designed some of Melbourne’s outstanding mid-century properties, including the 1960s home of Ilana Moses
Lucy Feagins
  21 hours ago

Interiors

A Coastal Oasis Designed + Built By The Owners

Lauren Patista-Trickey and Jonathon Patista admit being both client and builder/designer was 'a journey', but the result made it all worth i...

Stays

Escape To This Magical Tiny Home In The Gold Coast Hinterlands

Step inside an adorable, off-grid getaway on a farm, with 'no distractions', limited phone reception and a wood-fired hot tub.
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Renovated Fitzroy Home, Inspired By The Candied Colours Of Italian Dessert

This Edwardian brings a delectable taste of Italy to Melbourne with its stained-glass windows and peachy pink interiors!
Christina Karras

Interiors

A Clever Reworking Of A 70sqm Cottage In Hawthorn, Melbourne

Despite being limited to this home's tiny frame, interior designer Rosanna Ceravolo has impressively made the most of its diminutive size.

Similar Stories

Architecture

A Classic 1960s Australian Beach Cabin, Renovated With Soul

A sympathetic makeover of an original beach shack by Lian prioritises its special place in Anglesea, on Victoria's surf coast.

Homes

A Designer + Builder’s 1950s Warrandyte Home Renovation

The mid-century Warrandyte home renovation of builder Pierre Seale, and fashion designer Alexandra Apostolidis.

Homes

A Biophilic Family Home Among The Trees

The newly-renovated Warrandyte family home of Millie and Dave Wells perfectly blends indoors and out!

This Week

Stays

Escape To This Magical Tiny Home In The Gold Coast Hinterlands

Step inside an adorable, off-grid getaway on a farm, with 'no distractions', limited phone reception and a wood-fired hot tub.
Christina Karras

News

The Melbourne Label Making Stylish Kids' Wetsuits That Grow On Trees

Fants make kids’ wetsuits from natural rubber that look good and do good.
Sponsored

Interiors

A Coastal Oasis Designed + Built By The Owners

Lauren Patista-Trickey and Jonathon Patista admit being both client and builder/designer was 'a journey', but the result made it all worth i...

Homes

A Tiny Slice Of Japan Inside A Pink Darlinghurst Terrace

Ceramicist Laura Butler shares her 1890s Darlinghurst pink terrace, renovated by Trias in accordance with Japanese design principles.

Interiors

The Central Coast Home Of The Block Alumni Kyal + Kara

The Australian coastal meets Mediterranean family home of former The Block stars Kyal and Kara Demmrich, on the NSW Central Coast.

Architecture

An Architect + Interior Designer’s Coastal Home, Grounded In Nature

This Sydney family home is like a private treehouse by the beach, with views at every turn, and unexpected interiors.
Christina Karras

News

New Melbourne Brand Saule Have Created The Dreamiest Robes, Just In Time For Summer

Local creative Sally Tabart has designed the ultimate robe for the home, beach and beyond – and it’s all made here in Melbourne!
Christina Karras

Interiors

A Clever Reworking Of A 70sqm Cottage In Hawthorn, Melbourne

Despite being limited to this home's tiny frame, interior designer Rosanna Ceravolo has impressively made the most of its diminutive size.

Shopping

Bonnie & Neil's Sunny New Collection Is Inspired By Mediterranean Beach Clubs

Bonnie & Neil are bringing the colours of the Italian coast and Grecian-style prints to our home with their new summer collection!
Christina Karras
  13 hours ago

News

A Summery New Collection By Australia’s Oldest Textile Mill

Shop Waverly Mills’ beautiful new range of blankets, rugs, and throws, with all fabrics made at their century-old factory!
Christina Karras

Sustainable Homes

‘Future Ready’: Inside One Of Melbourne’s Newest Sustainable Developments

Mirvac are hoping to encourage sustainable living with their innovative 'future ready' display home in Melbourne's inner west.
Christina Karras

Studio Visit

Designer Jordan Fleming Makes Playful ‘Creatures’ That Double As Lamps

Her handcrafted pieces are like towering, functional sculptures as tall as people – that look like they could come alive at any moment!
Christina Karras

Homes

A Glamorous Update For An Exemplary Ernest Fooks Mid-Century Home

Modernist architect Ernest Fooks designed some of Melbourne’s outstanding mid-century properties, including the 1960s home of Ilana Moses
Lucy Feagins
  21 hours ago

Creative People

Meet The Small Melbourne Brand Reinventing The Humble Gumboot

From a humble farm in South Gippsland, Merry People has grown from a grassroots start-up, to a successful brand sold across the globe!
Christina Karras

Architecture

A Renovated Fitzroy Home, Inspired By The Candied Colours Of Italian Dessert

This Edwardian brings a delectable taste of Italy to Melbourne with its stained-glass windows and peachy pink interiors!
Christina Karras

Similar Stories

Architecture

A Classic 1960s Australian Beach Cabin, Renovated With Soul

A sympathetic beach shack makeover by Lian prioritises its special place on Victoria's surf coast.

Homes

A Designer + Builder’s 1950s Warrandyte Home Renovation

The mid-century home renovation of builder Pierre Seale, and fashion designer Alexandra Apostolidis.

Homes

A Biophilic Family Home Among The Trees

The newly-renovated Warrandyte family home of Millie and Dave Wells perfectly blends indoors and out!

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email bea@thedesignfiles.net