To design a new home for a family of six on a vacant site. The site is part of a 26 lot subdivision on the bushland fringe in a suburban context. Surrounded by vacant sites & a few established homes, the site had equal restraints & opportunities.
The home brief was to include five generous bedrooms with ample wardrobe space, a garage with space for bikes, surfboards & sports gear, a kitchen with walk-in pantry and servery window, a laundry near kitchen with clothes line directly outside, no formal rooms but alternative entertainment room for teenagers and an outside entertaining area with BBQ. Overall, the client wanted a bright, sunny and spacious home.
Site: The owner’s site selection was one of the most important contributing factors to the solution and projects success. The site drove the design. During the design development, certain elements naturally had their place. Garage, driveway and entry set to the south, directly from street. Terrace and living spaces set to bush backdrop and northern aspect. Bedrooms aligned to distant bushland views and northern aspect.
House: The floor plan fit the brief requirements. The roof was kept simple to allow for adequate eaves and roof space storage. Windows carefully placed to encourage cross ventilation and light penetration. Overall, a simple floor plan set broad side to best suit the ideal aspect and outlook.
The biggest challenge was to make this large house settle in to the site and not dominate. It was a lot of house to fit on a sloping 820m/sq site. The house sits comfortably into the site and will continue to settle as the native landscape grows.