This Calming Mount Martha Home Hides A Peachy Pink Surprise

Finding a bare block of land in the Mornington Peninsula is a rarity these days, but finding one that takes in views like this Mount Martha property is a stroke of good fortune.

The owners made the most of the opportunity to build their family home perched on the hillside, enlisting Studio Tom to design the interiors with inspiration from the nearby sandy beaches and peachy sunsets.

See how Cove View House finds space for adults, kids, and guests — with some room to grow.

Christina Karras

The sweeping view across Mount Martha from the kitchen.

The family asked for minimalistic and ‘clutter-free’ interiors.

VJ panelling blends the wall linings into the joinery, which hides mess with ease.

Earthy pale oak timber floors feature throughout the main living areas.

A window above the stairs captures treetop views.

A bar with wine storage is cleverly hidden into the wall.

One of the two calming living zones.

The bedrooms experimented with more playful pops of pink and burgundy.

Studio Tom sought to simplify the family’s everyday tasks with functional storage spaces to accommodate their busy lives.

The peach, pink and clay palette of the bathroom nods to the beautiful colours of a coastal sunset.

PLIMEPAPLIKA tiles from Academy Tiles. Fibonacci terrazzo.

A look into the serene ensuite.

Pale pink tiles are paired with brass fixtures.

The entryway steps down into the hallway. Artwork by Jai Vasicek.

A steep driveway leads to the hillside home.

Christina Karras
10th of May 2024
Interior Design
Building Design

Mount Martha, VIC/Bunurong Country

‘Our overall vision was to provide considered spaces for each member of the family,’ Studio Tom director Robbie Peirce says of this Mount Martha home.

His clients — a couple with three daughters and two dogs — purchased the empty hillside block in 2019 to build a house for their young family from scratch.

The brief was relatively simple, asking for a ‘well-scaled family home with room to grow,’ Robbie explains. ‘They wanted it to feel coastal but with some rich warm features, and hold breakaway spaces for adults, kids, and guests.’ Naturally, the design also had to make the most of the sweeping views across Mount Martha Cove.

‘The steep gradient of the block posed a challenge,’ Robbie adds. ‘The floor plan was designed with multiple tiers, spanning approximately 40 steps from front to back. Our primary focus was to ensure that the journey didn’t feel overly strenuous.’

Scaling the steps created comfortable and gradual transitions throughout the house, incorporating visually engaging elements at each level to ensure there was never a ‘dull’ moment.

These include windows that catch further glimpses of the undulating landscape, or the lush treetops outside, while a large Jai Vasicek painting hangs beside the step-down in the entryway.

The kitchen and dining areas on the upper level make the most of the home’s unique outlook with white tiling and marble finishes that reflect the abundance of natural light, allowing the views from the balcony to take centre stage.

‘Sitting at the island bench, one can understand the appeal of building a house perched on a hillside,’ Robbie says.

With functionality front of mind, Robbie also sought to strike a balance between the minimalistic communal areas and the rest of the house. The earthy pale oak timber flooring in the main living areas transitions to a warm loop carpet in the bedrooms, paired alongside soft grey accents and textural tiles.

Keeping the children’s bedrooms downstairs (away from the main bedroom upstairs) also helped make the home feel bigger than its 419-square-metre block. And the owners got to lean into their more playful side in the bathrooms, using mosaic tiles and pastel pink terrazzo selections.

‘It’s always great when your client wants things even bolder than we do,’ Robbie says. ‘We started with a similar, albeit more subtle, colour palette, but Lauren pulled us up quickly and said she wanted some “woah!” moments when they showed people around. So we amped it up!’

Now, the striking peach bathroom is so full of colour it almost glows as light reflects the warm shade around the space — which has become one of Robbie’s favourite rooms in the whole house. ‘Experiencing the embrace of colour and texture is a rare delight that brings so much joy,’ he adds.

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