The client initially had plans to enclose part of the subfloor to their existing house on this sloping block, however it was eventually agreed that a first floor addition would capture views across the valley and keep construction costs down.
The new upper floor was designed to reinvent the appearance of the house from the street whilst allowing the existing lower floor to serve as a base to the new contemporary addition. Views and solar access were maximised to the new master bedroom, reading room and home office, allowing the parents to have their retreat upstairs whilst allowing the three children to take over the existing bedroom area.
Yowie Bay Bush House
Located on an unusual shaped block in the suburb of Yowie Bay, this site benefits from being surrounded by an untamed forest of Eucalypts and various other Australian natives. The initial brief asked to minimise any need for removing trees and the final design required none to be removed. Capitalising on the privacy afforded by the bush setting, this urban home enjoys an openess unprecedented in the area. This is a home that will allow the occupants to reconnect with the environment around them. Comfort has been a major priority of the design and with no air conditioning, the design relies on cross ventilation, ceiling fans and a central fireplace to maintain comfortable living conditions. A loft style home office offers views across the canopy as the owners carry out their work.
Strict planning rules restricted two story development on this site, however they did permit for loft rooms so effective use of the small block of land was made by incorporating bedrooms into the roof space.
Steep and high ceilings result in a compact house that has a lightness and airiness that creates an expansive sense of space. Contemporary, understated materials allow natural daylight and the play of light and shadow to be the centrepiece of this design.
Gymea Bay Duplex
A dual occupancy project underway on the site of an existing run-down house. The new project will remove existing retaining walls to return the tiered land form to its original slope and the new structures will step with the slope of the land. A steel frame structure is proposed with a regional aesthetic of steel cladding and hardwood timbers.
The two dwellings are proposed to be located one behind the other to allow the living spaces and courtyards to be oriented to the North, capturing solar access throughout the day. Carefully designed roof overhangs and shading devices maximise solar access throughout winter months whilst blocking out direct sunlight during the summer months thus reducing the need for active heating and cooling. Ceiling fans and extensive use of louvre windows further improve the passive design aspects of the building.
Sustainable design was a critical consideration in the design of the building and in addition to the passive heating and cooling design features a photovoltaic system as well as rainwater harvesting to meet all the sites irrigation, toilet flushing and other water uses minimising the demand for town water supply and reducing the amount of stormwater runoff from the site.
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Maianbar is situated on the southern shores of Port Hacking with the Royal National Park forming a backdrop on all other boundaries. It is the smallest suburb in the Sutherland Shire with a population of 506 (Census 2001).
Maianbar is almost surrounded by sand spits, shoals and waterways. This dynamic system is constantly moving and changing. Maianbar was officially named in 1951 but the origin of the name is unknown.
The existing house on this very steep block sat at the bottom of a hill with an imposing driveway and staircase to access it. The clients brief was a renovation that connected them better to the street and the existing pool at the top of the hill whilst admitting more natural light and ventilation into the house.
The solution was found in an extension that stepped up the hill containing the new living, dining and kitchen oriented to the path of the sun and relegated the old poorly oriented building fabric to sleeping areas.
At the heart of the house is the home office so that all life happens around and passes through this space - to relay the clients sentiment: “This space is seriously awesome, really one of my favourite spots in the house – and the most used. Spacious, adaptable, and a lovely finish with light and air. “
“Gunyah” is the oldest house in the Sutherland Shire, built c.1870 as part of the Thomas Holt Sutherland House Estate.
Barely surviving a decade of neglect, vandalism and almost demolished, this gem is finally to be saved.
A new addition that ‘hides’ behind the existing roof and large trees allows the cottage to be restored to its original state.
A dual occupancy project currently under construction with the challenging brief that the client desired that the building didn't appear as two houses "stuck together" but rather one cohesive building that still attained an individual character for each dwelling.
A double street frontage was taken advantage of to allow both rear yard with swimming pools and a more intimate front courtyard, allowing for flexibility of use. A simple but meticulously thought out material palette of white, timber and vegetation breathes life into this intricate design.
The brief for this project was to create a compact home on a steeply sloping site. The design was laid out on a 4x4m grid and with the use of a double height living, a mezzanine library and an outdoor deck, the sense of space was much grander than would be expected of a two bedroom home just over 120 sq. meters.
Designed as a steel frame construction to maximise construction efficiency and minimise impacts to the existing stormwater retention. The design also includes extensive louvers to maximise cross ventilation, external blinds to control solar heat gain and a fireplace to keep things warm in winter.