Lawrence Built Homes and Renovations

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October FOCUS Home of the Month is brought to you by Lawrence Built. Scott and Vanessa are proud of their latest build, their own custom built home. Many months in the planning, Scott has built a very comfortable home for his family that is truly stunning. Chrissy Jones had the pleasure of being shown through the residence by Vanessa.

Set high at 10 Horizons Parkway in the Crestwood Heights Estate, the home takes full advantage of its sloping foot print and boasts magnificent views from every possible vantage point.

From first look the home presents as a modern, contemporary facade having a mix of both colours and textures from the James Hardie horizontal cladding to the rendered brickwork and timber panelling – all blends superbly with the easy care landscaped gardens. An exposed aggregate drive leads from street level to the gated entry way onto a tiled patio area with timber lined ceiling fitted with down lighting. The front courtyard encases the patio and wraps around the side of the home to the rear yard.

Entrance to the home is via an extra wide timber and glass panelled doorway into the entry foyer. Beautiful recycled Ironbark timber flooring is underfoot; a six inch board adds a rustic feel and contrast to the crisp, white of the interior.  Right of entry is a teenagers’ retreat, having an extra large bedroom with ensuite. Soft carpeting underfoot, square set cornice, ceiling fan and a bank of built-in wardrobes provides an abundance of storage. A wall of windows, both flat panel and louvre, allow direction of air flow, and roller block out blinds let in the required amount of natural light.

The ensuite has been incorporated under the home’s stairway – a space saving idea that works extremely well. A glass doored shower, polished black floor tiling, which are a contrast to the white floor to ceiling wall tiles, black towel rails and a black square set shower rose all match the black frame edge of the shower.

The recycled Ironbark flooring has been crafted into a magnificent, extra wide stairway that leads to the second level of the home.  At the top of the stairs you are treated to the wow factor, stepping into an opulent, open plan living area made up of lounge, dining and kitchen flanked both sides by outdoor entertaining areas; all areas have the ironbark flooring underfoot.




Highlights of the kitchen from Mid Coast Kitchens, are the 60 mm stone black granite bench-tops and the black glass mirrored splash-back, and the pendant lighting placed over the island bench from Beacon Lighting. A high raked ceiling overhead adds a light and airy feel, and the flow between the kitchen and the adjoining dining room will make entertaining a breeze.  With high gloss cupboard fronts and louvre up door fronts on the overhead cabinetry, the kitchen is a very functional, stylish and maintenance free, designed for a family.

An extra wide island bench houses a double stainless steel sink with flick mixer, under bench dishwasher, microwave nook and lots of soft close storage cabinets. A five burner gas cook-top and gas oven in the back wall of the kitchen has deep drawers either side, adding to the storage provided in the kitchen.

The lounge is spacious – a very comfortable space boasting relaxing views through the silicone joined corner window and glass sliding doors at the front of the home. Opening onto a tiled balcony with glass balustrade, this is a lovely spot to sit and relax, that is protected from northerly winds and captures the afternoon sun. The front balcony, living areas, lounge, kitchen and dining rooms all combine and open out onto the rear alfresco, creating a fantastic entertaining area alongside the pool area.

The rear entertaining area completes the living space perfectly. Having the same flooring as the interior combines all into one large open plan area pool side.

The pool is from Pollard Pools and is surrounded with a frameless glass balustrade.  Resort style, the pool has a travertine tile, from Tiles With Style, Your ColorTile store, around the edge and timber decking, which adds a touch of style and safety. Scott has utilised the slope of the land, building a retaining wall at the rear of the pool and incorporating tropical, maintenance free gardens. An outside toilet with hand basin is conveniently placed adjacent to the pool area for summer.

Left of the living areas is a hallway leading to the bedrooms. A centrally placed media room has soft carpeting underfoot and can be closed off for private movie nights via wooden, cavity sliding doors.

An extra large carpeted walk-in linen press gives plenty of storage for the family’s needs and is conveniently placed between bedrooms.

Scott and Vanessa’s daughter’s bedroom is a dream for any teenager. Having a three doored built-in wardrobe, plush carpeting, ceiling fan and a wide, high window offering beautiful views, the bedroom is luxury itself. Next door is a study, with a mirror image layout to the bedroom. Servicing the bedroom is a bathroom, fitted out expertly with a free-standing bath which sits beneath an opaque glass window, hidden WC, wall hung vanity, plus a glass screened shower cubicle with a wall recess included for shampoos etc and a smart-tile drain in the floor tile. White and black porcelain floor and wall tiling mirrors the master ensuite design, and black towel rails and tap-ware all adds to the luxe look and feel.


Once again, a very spacious room, the master is its own private retreat placed at the rear of the home, with access to the pool and entertaining deck area through a double glass sliding door.  Black frames around the sliding glass doors (as are the aluminium frames of the windows and door throughout) are a modern, striking contrast to the crisp white of the walls.

Separate his and hers wardrobes, block out roller blinds, ceiling fan and soft carpeting underfoot all add to the tranquility of this light filled master bedroom.

The masters ensuite has a custom made wall mounted vanity, with above bench square set his and hers hand basins with cabinetry below. A large vanity mirror sits above, and opaque glass louvre windows have been placed both sides to allow the natural light in and a directional airflow. The shower has a black polished floor to ceiling tile as a feature on one wall and a glass shower-screen. White tiling floor to ceiling encases the ensuite; black towel rails and fittings and fixtures are a striking addition that matches the window frames and black polished floor tiling.

Overall, the home is an excellent example of the top quality that is delivered every time by Scott and his team at Lawrence Built.



From The Designer

Derek Collins Collins W Collins Pty Ltd | award-winning building designers

Collins W Collins specialises in custom designs with a guiding philosophy of “individual designs for individual people”. Our designs centre on meeting our clients’ individual needs and lifestyle whilst utilising a site’s characteristics to its best advantage.

The Brief

  • Family sized contemporary style home that takes advantage of the south-western views to Lighthouse Beach and southern views to Lake Cathie
  • Create a functional design that utilises the slope of the land
  • Entertaining is a priority for this family
  • Outdoor living to incorporate a resort style pool and alfresco area
  • Guest accommodation to be separate from the family bedrooms and living areas


The Design

  • The contemporary design is reflective of the home’s coastal location, featuring an integration of external materials and finishes and varying low-pitched roof lines
  • Generous open plan living areas with high raked ceilings and timber flooring offer a sense of space, yet exude the warmth of a luxurious family home
  • The covered balcony with raked ceilings to the north is perfect for entertaining, and the use of large stacker-sliding door units visually connects the indoor area to the outdoor living and pool area, maximising natural light and ventilation throughout the home
  • A covered balcony to the south provides access to the available water views to Lighthouse Beach and Lake Cathie
  • The generous master bedroom overlooks the modern resort style pool and features a spacious ensuite with double vanity and walk-in-robe
  • The guest bedroom is located on the first level of the home and includes an ensuite and private courtyard outlook, ensuring maximum privacy
  • The home incorporates a number of “little” features such as a well-sized walk-in linen, lightwell/void for natural light to the foyer and stairs, raked ceilings throughout creates a sense of space and adds a touch of luxury, an outdoor toilet adjacent the pool and alfresco areas, and a separate cinema room


Comments from the Designer

“This project was an absolute pleasure to work on!” says Derek Collins. “Scott Lawrence finishes a home to such a high standard, that it really highlights the architectural characteristics within the design. Scott is very flexible when it comes to using alternate and contemporary products and is always open to new ideas, and it’s this attitude that has resulted in the creation of this stunning, contemporary home.

Want to see more of what Collins W Collins do? Head on over to our new website and have a look at more of our projects in the Project Gallery.




Lawrence Built has been building and renovating homes on the Mid North Coast now for over 35 years.

They specialise in the building and design of custom made homes and renovations and offer clients a full range of building services, including small jobs, such as room and deck additions, renovations of kitchen and bathrooms, to impressive custom built homes, construction of dual occupancies, as well as large commercial construction.

The team of qualified builders have a solid understanding of the potential benefits and pitfalls of renovating every style of home, and can help guide you through the building and renovation process from start to finish.

Their pledge is to establish lasting relationships with their clients by exceeding customer expectations and gaining trust through exceptional performance by their construction team, who deliver high-quality, cost effective projects on schedule.

When you choose Lawrence Built to build your new home, you are choosing to deal with a team of expert builders from start to finish.

Lawrence Built are specialists who have built a solid reputation locally for delivering a full range of custom-made quality homes, on time and on budget.

The decision to build a new home is exciting; however, it is sometimes hard to know just where to start.

The team of experts can work with you every step of the way as they guide you through the process involved in transforming your dreams of a home into a reality.

All tradesmen used are qualified, experienced and specialists within their field and best of all, when they are on site, they are friendly, respectful and always take a “safety first” approach.

Scott and Vanessa believe a successful build process involves open lines of communication with the client at all times, and they will go out of their way to help guide you through the build process from start to finish.

Questions are welcome at any point, and because they think it’s important that you know what’s involved at every step of your build, they’ve developed some resources that outline the main steps and milestones experienced within a new build.

Lawrence Built are a family run, locally based and award winning business that you can trust. They have gained a solid reputation for providing a service founded upon strong work ethics, attention to detail and a thorough knowledge of industry codes and regulations.

Nothing pleases Scott, Vanessa and their team more than a satisfied client, and they are happy to say they have had many.

Renovations – also a Lawrence Built Specialty

Lawrence Built has been a trusted consultant in both home and commercial renovations in the Hastings region since 1975.

The team of qualified builders have a solid understanding of the potential benefits and pitfalls of renovating every style of home, and can help guide you through the renovation process from start to finish.

It’s Lawrence Built’s aim to always exceed your expectations, which they have done over the years with many of their renovation clients.

If you would like to find out more about building your new home or completing a renovation on your existing home, call them today on 0412 065 903.

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