Lower Belford House

Lower Belford
This remarkable residence commands a hilltop perch, offering breathtaking 180-degree views that sweep across the Hunter River, encompassing the surrounding farmland and stretching toward the distant mountain ranges. The design and material choices artfully draw inspiration from the rural context, allowing the dwelling to seamlessly meld with the natural contours of the site. Reflecting the vernacular of farm sheds, the use of natural materials, distinctive roof forms, and steelwork pays homage to the historical milking sheds and the former homestead, creating a nostalgic ambiance. A central rammed earth spine serves as both a connective thread to the site and an anticipatory element upon arrival, providing a tactile experience as one traverses through the house. The pavilion-style design further enhances the residence, creating a deliberate separation between private and semi-private spaces, each offering its unique perspective on the surrounding beauty.

Architecture: ELK | Interiors: ELK | Landscape Design: Mud Landscape | Photography: Myf Garven Creative and Kirsten Woodforth