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The Cape Schanck House: Amongst the tea trees

The Cape Schanck House: Amongst the tea trees

A mindful renovation by Cantilever Interiors anchors this holiday home in the context of the surrounding tea tree landscape through a layered palette that draws on the serene hues of its coastal setting.

Positioned above the escarpment of Gunnamatta Beach, the Cape Schanck House boasts sweeping views of the surrounding farmland and coast line, while enjoying the cosy intimacy of a private locale. Nestled amongst the greenery of the native tea tree, the two-storey dwelling was built by Anderson Homes. Cantilever Interiors’ whole home joinery and interiors service emulates a gentle connection to place expressed through the considered colour and material selection that underpins this sympathetic transformation.

Cantilever Interiors renovates the Cape Schanck House

The dark hues of the outer shell are juxtaposed with the expanse of the sky, while mirroring the grounding essence of the surrounding tree trunks. This symbiotic connection between the residence and its setting is beautifully accentuated by the orientation of dwelling, the distribution of the window openings and the enchanting spectacle of light that filled the interiors of the original house, ultimately becoming the point of inspiration for this renovation, rather than rebuild, project.

Cantilever Interiors renovates the Cape Schanck House

Featured art: Aurora, Ceramic Vessel by Katarina Wells, Modern Times | Moisture Trap 2020, Nabilah Nordin, Neon Parc Gallery

Created by Cantilever Interiors, the interiors of this summer retreat are defined by the same alluring quality of shifting light that moves through its expansive floor plan in an engaging spectacle of luminosity. The carefully curated colour palette leans into this dynamic. The subtle tonal shifts across white, cream, grey and taupe generate a calm and regenerative space that places breath-taking views of the surrounding landscape front and centre.

Cantilever Interiors renovates the Cape Schanck House

The multidimensional appeal of the colour palette is reflected in the exquisite amalgamation of textures. Utilising varied, yet adjacent materials like stone, steel, timber and tile, Cantilever Interiors generate a rich and layered textural palette, while the repetition of the fluted elements beautifully captures the light, further accentuating the movement of the sun as the day goes by.

The harmonious spectrum of colours and textures is punctuated by a refined selection of appliances, lighting and furniture. The contrasting objects amplify the sense of depth within the space and further highlight the dwelling’s connection to its surroundings with the pops of darker hues throughout the residence mimicking the silhouettes of birds traversing the sky above it.

Cantilever Interiors renovates the Cape Schanck House
Featured art: Forte De Sao, Modern Times Edition Art Print by Hannah Nowlan

The materiality has been selected to reflect the purpose of each area of the household. The lower level of the dwelling has been designed as a private retreat for guests and family, and so the more practical materials were selected here to accommodate the habits of the growing grand-children. The upper level, on the other hand, functions as the primary entertainment area, with the high-spec finishes and detailing reflecting the elevated nature of the space.

Cantilever Interiors renovates the Cape Schanck House
Featured art: On the Verge, Bree Cribbin, Modern Times 

The cohesion of the interiors, which manifests so clearly through the exquisite materiality and colour palette, is informed by the foundational role of Cantilever’s K2 Joinery System. Through an exquisite combination of stone, veneer and two-part paint, the K2 system has been integrated as a leading thread that grounds the indoor spaces.

From the K2 kitchen which brings the undeniable warmth and sophistication to the main living and entertainment area and the serene shades of grey joinery in the bedroom, to the unostentatious appeal of the neutral hues in the bathroom, the system is a masterfully conceived catalyst for the intricate nature of this dwelling’s narrative.

Adding another dimension to the story, the K2 system was made in Melbourne, and its Victorian origins reinforce the home’s connection to the local context. This interrelation is further accentuated by the stunning selection of KETT furniture. Renowned for drawing inspiration from the Australian landscape, KETT’s designs enhance the interiors through the brand’s unique voice in the local design scene.

This beautifully appointed holiday home that mindfully celebrates its geographical setting is a testament to Cantilever Interiors’ expertise. Combining the brand’s experience in designing and crafting  joinery with the newly introduced interior design services, Cantilever Interiors have the ability to consider the context of the project through the dual lens of both disciplines which results in a highly-resolved and cohesive nature of the produced interiors.

Cantilever Interiors


Project Credits

Interiors & Joinery: Cantilever Interiors

Builder: Anderson Homes

Shoot Photography: Martina Gemmola

Shoot Styling: Kylie Forbes

Furniture by Kett via Cosh Living

Styling props sourced from Angelucci and Make

Featured art supplied by Neon Parc Gallery and Modern Times