The client hoped to create a home for a growing family and occasional overseas visitors. The home was to have a large kitchen area, open living and dining area, a minimum of 3 bedrooms, 4 bedrooms if possible, a shared bathroom and covered vehicle area. The brief was also to incorporate a work/library area, a games/bar area and a large deck that was accessible from the main living areas. The build was to be economical as the budget was limited.
Site restraints were a major consideration for this property. The site was a subdivided piece of bushland, on the southern side of a sandstone escarpment. The challenge was to make the most of the available natural light, so it made sense to have the everyday living spaces on the upper most level. A skillion roof with raked ceilings & generous windows gives the home a light, tree house feel.
The buildings footprint was limited to control expensive site costs. The house is a 3 storey box, anchored by the garage & entry. This was the most economical way of achieving the owners floor space requirements without creating further expense.
This was a very steep site. The depth of the house is about 6m which is very modest. The site level difference, front to back of house was 5m.
The build-ability of the site largely determined the footprint of the house. Due to the slope of the site, access to natural light and the fabulous bush setting was limiting. It was decided the best option was to have the living areas on the uppermost floor with the sleeping quarters below.
The upper level contains a large open plan kitchen/dining and lounge area and a family room. The family room is visually separated from the living area by a large wall unit and if needed can be closed off by large sliding doors. These rooms have access to a large deck/terrace that provides a level recreational area on a steep site.