Case Study: Building For A Million Dollar View

Case Study: Building For A Million Dollar View

Stroud Homes Northern Rivers were approached to perform a knockdown rebuild on a property with a number of restrictive features, but some spectacular views and surrounds to make the project well worth the hard work.

Pitched on the side of a hill, there were retaining walls that couldn’t be removed, a small, single access driveway, and a pool that needed to be removed and filled in.

The property itself afforded amazing views spanning from Byron Bay to the left, Lennox Head to the right, and the full expanse of the valley below and Pacific Ocean out to the east.

The landscaping also included some spectacular tropical gardens that, while restrictive for the build process, would certainly add to the look of the new home once completed.

Matt Lowson was definitely up to the challenge (watch the timelapse of the build at the bottom of this page).


He worked with the customer to find a design and customise changes to highlight that million-dollar view and make the most of the property location.

“We had a mind’s eye vision that we shared with the owner,” Matt says.

They started with a Montego 393 design with a skillion façade, then engineered reversing the roof to maximise the light entry into the kitchen, and provide extra high ceilings to create a spacious atmosphere that matched the expansive views.

“So the eastern aspect is just a million dollar view.”

Opening up the views of the valley and ocean weren’t enough, so Matt tweaked the layout further.

“We wanted to try to pick that view up through the front door – so you walk down the driveway, the front door is clear glass, and you look through the house, out over the balcony and the pool, and then onto the ocean.

When it came time to build, it was a tight squeeze getting the trucks, equipment and supplies down the single lane driveway, but the scenery more than made up for that.

Working within the retaining walls, the garage had to be rearticulated to fit on the block and still allow access with the ingress and egress.

Located in a rural area, the property has also been built to be self-sufficient in terms of septic and water, which was another consideration for the team.

The end result was better than expected, with the spectacular views noticeable in just walking up to the front door.

“It’s worked unbelievably well, it really has.”

While the home is still, in essence, a Montego 393, there have been several other features added to continue the ‘wow factor’ the view creates, such as timber flooring, 60mm stone extended bench tops, and a new pool.

Everyone is happy with the finished home, and it’s already been put forward for Master Builders Association award.

At the moment it’s still in the application process, but if it wins, it wouldn’t be the first MBA award the talented team at Stroud Homes Northern Rivers have won.

At last year’s MBA Awards they took out the Best Exhibition/Project Home for a modified Kentucky 348 at Terranora, Best Medium Density Project Duel Occupancy for a modified Wildflower 190, and even one of their carpenters won the Regional Sub-contractor of the Year Award.

Are you looking to build a new home in 2017?

Whether you’re after something small and affordable, a large acreage, or even something customised to suit your dream home ideas, talk to the award-winning team at Stroud Homes Northern Rivers today.

Give Matt and Nicky a call on 1300 699 392, drop in to the display centre in Tweed Heads or the new display home in Ballina.