Peter Jackson Design

Peter Jackson Design
  • Address: 1/267 Centre Road, Bentleigh
  • Phone: (03) 9557 4790



Assuming the grand presence of a country manor, the featured home was designed by Peter Jackson Design and built by Steve Fisher. The home frames the landscape, blending in with its surrounding environment – the indoor and outdoor spaces work harmoniously to create a hospitable, warm retreat.

To help achieve this, earthy colour tones have been used on the home’s exterior and neutral tones that don’t distract from the attractive views to the coast were used on the interior.

The layout of the design has ensured every room in the home enjoys sweeping coastal views. The site is exposed to harsh coastal conditions and Peter Jackson Design had to be mindful of this when developing plans for the home.

Peter Jackson Design’s client wanted a grand, modern family home that drew inspiration from Welsh manor houses. The client’s passion for art and music was to feature prominently in the design. To accommodate this, the interior design pivots around the client’s love of the fine arts. Upon entry, the music room takes centre stage. A spine-like gallery space lines the house and allows ancillary spaces to be dual functioning.

Another key client request was to have the site’s potential for views fully utilised and to integrate inviting outdoor spaces into the plan. A deep veranda with substantial columns encircles the structure, acting as a buffer to chilly coastal conditions. The primary outdoor living area is sheltered within the protective arm of the building yet still enjoys an ocean outlook framed by the windows in the central rooms.

Situated on a large cliff side site with 200 degrees of sweeping intertidal views to the southeast and a picturesque rural outlook in other directions, the site presented an opportunity for interesting integration of a built structure with the landscape, which this design took full advantage of.

When creating the plans for the home to maximise outlook to the coast, it was necessary to work with council to make sure the home’s appearance from the inlet was minimal.

Several water saving features have been included in the home; rainwater is harvested from the large roof and is collected in concrete tanks that have a total capacity of 270,000 litres and the site’s natural contours have been utilised to collect any further rainwater runoff in a dam. A compact waste water system treats all water for recycling.

With multiple outdoor living spaces and a large garage, all aspects of the design are spacious and functional. Clean and contemporary landscape design was used to suit the coastal environment and complement the home.

The house has Rylock double-glazed windows, Barrington synthetic slate roofing and a lighting layout design by Peter Jackson and the homeowner.

Designing between 20 and 25 homes each year, Peter Jackson Design specialises in rural and coastal properties, period renovations and new homes.

The company designs homes throughout Victoria and has won more than 60 awards in BDAV, BDAA and HIA categories since Peter Jackson established the business 18 years ago.