- Article by Online Editor
- Photography by Brett Boardman
- Architect Fox Johnston
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From the outset, the approach for this project was to provide a functional and user-friendly home for the client – a family with three young children.
The home delivers a series of spaces that will be flexible over time. Garden areas have been designed as functional spaces for young children, while an upstairs parents’ retreat provides a separate space if need be, along with a space for a teenager or grandparent accessing the laneway.
In terms of footprint, this is a modest house of 215-square metres, yet it more than caters for a family of five. Every part of the house is designed for use, with no superfluous rooms or spaces. The new addition is oriented north to provide optimum light and ventilation to the interior, reducing the building’s reliance on artificial heating and cooling. Large adjustable windows and screens on this northern side allow for cross breezes, yet control sunlight.
Concrete construction on the ground and upper floors provides good thermal mass throughout, with inbuilt hydronic heating controlling room temperatures during winter. The lush green roof over the garage and guest retreat also provides good thermal mass and heat control in the summer months.
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