Project name:

Riverview Pde, North Manly


Matt Elkan


2017 HIA NSW Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards, GreenSmart Sustainable Home Award


Project details:

This award-winning 4-bedroom 2.5 bathroom home is located on the tranquil Manly Lagoon. Designed by Architect Matt Elkan the timber and steel-frame home is a testament to sustainability, reflected in it being a finalist in the 2017 HIA Awards.

The Lawson & Lovell team worked closely with the architect and the owners from concept to completion. This resulted in a highly detailed, well-planned home with contemporary finishes.

Lawson and Lovell Building Services worked with Matt Elkan’s design to build a home connected to the immediate environment, that looked light on the site, brought the outside inside and allowed for easy entertaining and living within open and integrated spaces.

The property design was a contemporary sustainable home featuring timber and glass, to maximise the benefits of sunlight for solar power and the prevailing north-east winds through the use of louvres and breezeways.

On level 1 there are three large bedrooms and a large sitting room overlooking the river and two teenagers rooms are designed with a dedicated study area and built-in robe. The main bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in robe. A clever separation of the teenagers rooms from the master bedroom is via an internal deck that allows light from the windows above and next to the void to filter through to the living room downstairs, providing a fluid transition of light.

On the ground floor there is an open plan living area and main kitchen, home office, laundry, guest bedroom and covered back deck with BBQ and operable louvers to control the level of sunlight depending on the season. There is an extensive garden with swimming pool and fish pond.

The façade of the home comprised of easy lapped primed panel cladding with 30×30 battens to conceal the joints. Internally the floors have Tallowwood decking boards and Tallowwood flooring. The external decking is also Tallowwood.

Clever use of structural steel hides the stack of external venetians. The use of the venetians and external roller blinds gives privacy but is also adjustable to enable control of sunlight entering the room

There is also solar PV on the roof to supply power. Solar panels also provide heating for the pool. Hydraulics comprised of 2x 2000 litre rainwater tank which enables water to be reused in the laundry and for irrigation.

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