Simon Hill Architect

Glenlyon House

Glenlyon House

New home in the country

This site slopes from the South West down to the North East. The design solution was to maintain a north orientation - a deconstructed woolshed form, with central gable and two skillions one to the North West and one to the South East forming stepped wings to the elevated building core. Vertical boards add to the sense of height and create a rhythm in the cladding.

East Gable end

Verandah deck and views

The east of the site has dramatic pastoral views over the water reserve and forest beyond. Windows are sheltered by Verandah eave and window shades controlling the solar gain. Double glazing and well insulated walls with air gaps beneath the cladding complete the high thermal performance in a light weight construction.

Stair Details

Change of levels

The living room floor of pink ironbark contrasts with the jarrah treads of the steps to the West wing. The transition near the main entrance means the flow through the room and into the upper level is smooth and unimpeded North light from the deck area illuminates the space and links the indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Deck & Verandah

Deck and outdoor living space

Red ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) decking is a hard and durable material for this outdoor living space to the North East of the house providing a superb setting for entertaining or simply taking in the expansive views of the natural environment, especially the evening light reflecting off the mature manna gums at the edge of the property.

Family Room

Cathedral Ceiling

The living dining and kitchen functions of the family room are all well accommodated in this generous space with appropriate circulation areas between each area and views out over water and forest.

House in Winter

Temperate Climate Zone

The house is designed to function in a range of thermal and weather conditions. The siting below the crest of the hillside with a landscape design of maturing trees and shrubs is providing strategic shelter from wind, sun and rain.


natural materials

Terracotta ceramic tile splashbacks, redgum benchtops and metallic grey matt finished joinery enable the kitchen to sit comfortably in the main family room without dominating the space with stainless steel utility.

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