1960s Modernist House
Designed and Built
Belrose, NSW 2085
4 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Study Nook, 3 large Living Spaces
2 Car (off-street) & Pool
Two storey house, North to rear
© Michael Nicholson
Cedar House, located in a quiet cul-du-sac in Belrose, will appeal to those seeking a modernist design aesthetic, combined with the benefits of a large modern-style floorplan.
3 Clwydon Close, Belrose is a freestanding house designed and built c.1969. It is a rare example of a bespoke construction using a building system by Lockwood Homes New Zealand.
Viewed externally the crisp lines of the building’s design feature extended eves and large expanses of Western Red Cedar which glow against the ‘monument’ coloured framework. The geometric placed windows add a lightness to the overall industrial feel, which in turn is offset by the lush green of the surrounding tropical gardens.
“You will not find this house noted in any of the architectural books of the 1960s. And that is what makes this house so special. It is another rare find in a 'new' suburb of the 1960s.”
Accommodation is generous and well laid out over two levels, measuring approximately 220 sq m. The cedar construction creates a beautiful ambience internally. The living spaces comprise four bedrooms, master with study / nursery / WIR, two bathrooms, kitchen opening to large dining area, three oversized living areas – the downstairs snug features a slow combustion stove. The rear of the building opens onto upper and lower covered decks that run the full width of the house.
Although built 50 years ago the current owner states the timeless nature of the design could be confused with a more recent build and likens the experience of living in the home to being in “a chalet in the tropics“. The property retains the key original features with updates to lighting, windows and bathrooms – all of which compliment the overall design. The major renovation has seen the transformation of the once barren surrounds into an enviable well thought-out landscaped garden.
3 Clwydon Close, Belrose NSW 2085
4 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Study Nook, 3 large Living Spaces, 2 Car (off-street) & Pool
Internal Living Area (approx.)
220 sq m (2,368 sq ft)
Block Area (approx.)
695.6 sq m (7,487 sq ft)
The Lockwood Group was founded in 1951 by two Dutch immigrants, architect and engineer Johannes La Grouw Snr and Johannes Van Loghem with the idea of utilising natural timbers in an innovative and distinctive engineered building system.
The first Lockwood homes were constructed in 1954 and the very first house sold was built as a fishing bach for Doctor Morrow of Auckland on the Waiteti Stream, Ngongotaha, Rotorua. This house still stands on its original site.
Into its seventh decade, Lockwood continue to construct homes and commercial buildings around the world. The components for these homes and buildings are manufactured in the production facility in Rotorua, New Zealand to an exacting standard by a team of skilled craftsmen.
Consistent standards, reliability and a deep sense of pride in the family owned business are integral components to creating a safe and secure home, ensuring a quality living experience for those who choose a natural solid timber alternative from Lockwood.
Lockwood has now operated in New Zealand and internationally for over 67 years and has become an iconic Kiwi brand, with a very distinctive style. With its patented x-profile construction and solid wood insulated materials, coupled with its low-maintenance qualities, a Lockwood home is an eco-smart choice.