Gully House

The Gully House is a weekend escape on a quiet and private site close to Bundanoon town centre. Nestled in old forest with beautiful views down a shady gully the site had many challenges:

  • Bush fire prone site ‘Flame Zone’
  • Nature reserve
  • Riparian zone
  • Steep site with difficult access

The client desired a small retreat immersed in the site with an equal measure of modernism and the natural environment.

The plan is a simple cross shape with bedrooms on the ground floor and living areas connecting the sloped site to the tree tops views. The cantilevered living room opens to a small balcony with a bird’s eye view of the gully below.

This plan offers

  • large entertaining decks either side of the living space
  • connects every room with the natural surrounds, making the small footprint feel larger inside than its floor area
  • building materials which take on attractive patina with age yet provide fire-protection and security
  • minimum impact on the site – a small footprint sitting into the hill