We can always rely on IN
Noosa Magazine homewares
editor Helen Barnett to source
amazing locations for our photoshoots.
When Helen described a glass house set
high on a golf course boundary in our
very own Doonan, we couldn’t schedule
the photoshoot fast enough.
As we walked across the manicured
grass down a landscaped path towards
a lowline home that seemed to float on the
land, we instantly fell in love.
Architect, Doonan local and mother-oftwo
Sarah Waller always wanted to create
her own haven in the form of a glass
house. Originally from England, Sarah
knew a home made mainly of glass would
only be possible in sunny Australia.
“This is a house I’ve always wanted
to design,” Sarah says. “A glass house in
England was never going to be possible.
“This is our third home in Australia
and when we found this block, we knew
it was perfect.”
For Sarah, a glass home was a chance
to bask in the sunshine while indulging in
a desire to create an iconic residence.
“It’s really a showcase of what
I do," she said. "It is a space that is
exposed to the elements but I love to see
the sun come in on the floor. We get a
lovely cross-ventilation breeze and I think
that’s a really nice feeling.”
As the architect and builder of
the project, it created a great
opportunity for Sarah to prove
what could be achieved with passion,
perseverance and attention to detail.
The home sits on a white concrete
slab that appears to float on the land
and features expansive walls of glass
and a near-flat roof reminiscent of the
1950s Modern Movement. Clean lines
and a simplistic colour palette create a
soothing and calm atmosphere that relaxes
the senses. The monochrome colour palette
is neither oppressive or moody. Here, it is
sleek and surprisingly warming, anchoring
the lightness of the glass design to the land
that surrounds it.
The floorplan features four bedrooms all
with clever storage and oversized windows
that create an unbroken connection with
“I love that we have all the comforts
of indoors, yet we really feel part of the
landscape. We wake up with the sun and
experience the subtle changes in weather
throughout the day,” she says.
Expansive open-plan living spaces
feature large stacking doors that create
a seamless flow between the indoor and
outdoor living areas. Floor-to-ceiling louvre
windows have been installed throughout
to catch the fresh breezes that flow across
the golf course and luxury White Terrazzo
floors add an understated element of
Set in the heart of the home is the
award-winning gourmet kitchen that bucks
the traditional design trends, choosing
instead to sit independently in the centre
of an open space. The inner workings of
the kitchen are cleverly contained within
the island benches while the open shelves,
additional bench space and butler’s pantry
are kept out of sight.
It’s no surprise that Sarah’s design studio
is also attached to this stunning space. It is a
great showcase for Sarah’s work and offers
a great opportunity to provide inspiration
Outside, the pool and cabana pay
homage to the Modernist Palm Springs pool
of the 1950s making it the perfect location
for the IN Noosa Magazine summer
homewares shoot. Add lush tropical
landscaping and sweeping views over the
valley and you have a stunning, resortinspired
space that we simply couldn’t pass
up as out on-site location for this edition.
See the full shoot in the homewares section.
The Doonan Glasshouse is also
available on Air BnB for select periods of
the year and for exclusive corporate events.