Newman Residence

Completed: November 2011

This project was a new home being replaced from old, to allow for more room. As the old home was the holiday home, the new home is now the retirement home for the owners. Some of the features and materials were kept from their old home to give the new home character and memories from their lifetime. Designed by Mike O’Neil and the owners, this home has many outstanding featured including numerous environmental factors. Read More...

This project consisted of demolishing the existing holiday home and recycling useable materials where possible and selling the balance through a demolition yard. The new home was designed by Mike O’Neil and the owners and drawn by Rod Cakelin, a local draftsman. The owners wanted to design many set back areas in walls to showcase a lifetime of memorabilia such as art, lead lighting and travels to Africa which showcases an African scene in their kitchen splash back.

From the design concept to completion, we keep our clients involved through all stages of the project to ensure satisfaction.


The kitchen suite was designed by Karen who has incorporated extensive banks of drawers and a huge pantry for storage and an easy work station out of the main kitchen area. The cabinet bench tops are of light coloured Caesar stone with a waterfall effect to both ends of the island bench for light meals and gatherings.


The owners love of timber has been used throughout this home from merbou wide decking boards in the outdoor area running into Western mahogany flooring through wide stacking doors to Western red cedar coffered ceilings to the outdoor area. Read More...

Feature jarrah cabinets and shelving are placed throughout which gives the home the added look of build in furniture along with jarrah skirting and architraves which complimented the owners collection of timber furniture and sideboard cabinets.

Mike O’Neil introduced the clients to the cabinet maker and they have worked together to create the final design with Mike supervising and coordinating trades as they were being installed.

All tiling to ensuite bathrooms, powder room and entry have been chosen by the owners to compliment their tastes and furniture. Tiles incorporated floor to ceiling, horizontally laid 600x300 tiles throughout with glass feature borders.

Materials used throughout the project were texture coated double brick to the garage front elevation and outdoor area with Seyon compressed cement weather boards to give that holiday shack feel and to balance the colorbond roofing.

Windows in aluminium throughout some double glazed as required for sound more than weather elements with aluminium adjustable louvers to the outdoor area for air flow.


The raised ceilings to the garage and outdoor have square porthole windows for added light and the raking cedar linings give the outdoor area a special ambiance. Read More...

Other eco friendly features include an aerobic treatment plant which was installed as the home was built in the Dunsborough environment protection area, this system breaks down black water as well as grey and is reticulated to gardens and lawns. Also solar power has been installed which operates on the buy back system. All insulation throughout the build to all walls has had polyester batts installed for climate and sound insulation as required and the timber framed walls using renewable pine instead of natural timbers.