My first substantial project, now an award winning holiday home. Extensive use of recycled and found materials, particularly timber, provides a warm inviting home which is easy to engage with and provides focus to sustainability. Its all about the experience. Located in a paddock with views, the home is as much about being inside as taking advantage of the outside. Living was about engaging with the building – a duck walk to the external bath and toilet are an example of that. So much light. Very little impact on the environment.
Conceived conceptually as two enfolding arms protecting the home. Realised as two imposing steel walls either side of a timber box where the inhabitants are protected from the prevailing winds yet allowing thermal access and views to the far distant town and hills beyond. The arms grow out of the rich red soil and the timber of the home references the past stand of overgrown trees that once provided a windbreak to the previous home that had fallen into neglect and was no longer usable.
Some of the past is captured with reuse of floor boards as decorative walls in the new home. For the most part the home is passively heated and features a concrete slab close coupled to the earth to take advantage of stable temperatures. Strategic placement of windows provides cross flow ventilation. Locally sourced timber used extensively addresses the strong sustainability credentials of the home.
A new home on the way.
Long and narrow north facing coupled with high levels of insulation and thermal mass and high performing windows improves the thermal performance of the home.
Extensive use of ‘charred’ local timber cladding ensures long life and minimal maintenance.
Work is finished and client are happy. Have a look at the images.
Trying to make the most of a modest suburban site, my client wants a roof top garden at the back above his carport and a store below that.
It is coming together nicely.
Various build projects.
Build project. On time, on budget.
The existing home is of modest size and the owners require a new living space.
Contrasting the existing masonry structure with a simple detached timber structure ensures that the extension is not confused with the original and allows a certainty of place.
A focus on solar thermal access through a clerestory ensures contemporary sustainability efficiencies.
A build project (fit out of food store) for an architect friend.
A modest makeover to a small dwelling recycling as much as possible including bricks and tiles.
Retro fitted double glazing for thermal performance.
Effective use of space with a lot of storage.
Respecting heritage values of the area the home has been restored at the front while a substantial contemporary makeover has seen this home much more user friendly giving the owner greater flexibility with living and work spaces.