The visibility from the road, together with the boldness of the decked space begs performance from those on it in the same way a karaoke microphone begs a song. Children proudly strike poses on this veranda.
The Letterbox motif comes from the architect's study of another Australian tradition - the decorated mailbox. People regularly put more energy and personality into their letterbox than into their house - with a Ned Kelly helmet, a cow, a milk pail, or a mansion common places that the postman puts the mail.
The Letterbox house, with its sculpted facade and bold veranda is an attempt to put that level of energy into the actual living space, and as such it works.