A courtyard home built with rammed limestone blade walls, this home was designed to allow the client to feel like she was "living in a garden". The main living areas open onto a central court and blur distinction between inside and out, while polished concrete floors and low-E glazing keep the home naturally cool and comfortable. The home is full of interesting features and artworks specifically commissioned for the project. The home has won numerous accolades including MBA Geraldton/Mid West Housing Excellence Awards for Energy efficiency and Innovation. More can be read about this home in our Case Study section.
A steeply sloping and treed Hills site is the setting for this semi undercrofted family home. The sleeping quarters are on the lower ground floor, with two walls buried in the slope ( which will create more stable temperatures) while the upper floor is a living pavilion opening up to the north and a pool deck. Views over the trees to the south are maximised, and many sustainable features are incorporated to maintain comfortable temperatures. The home reads as a 'blade wall' in the landscape, and will be built with rendered concrete and EPS composite panels for insulation.
This large homestead on a remote sandalwood farm is designed in a "H" form to create an internal court for a covered swimming pool area. The most distinctive feature of the home is the "Great Verandah" along the whole northern facade, which unlike a traditional verandah has a reverse pitch to allow winter sun into the home while excluding summer sun. The house is a lightweight steel frame and clad entirely in galvanised iron, and has thermal mass in it's concrete slab and tiled floors. 400 000 litre rainwater tanks collect water from the 'butterfly roof' and the home is super-insulated to keep temperatures stable. More can be read about this home in our Case Study section.
A narrow, long lot with rear lane access is the setting for this 2 storey home. It has been designed around a long 'outdoor room' on the north side boundary, with highlight windows to the living areas ensuring solar access even with a 2 storey home to the north. A two storey section is located as a 'teenagers retreat' over the garage which faces the rear lane. The main feature of the home is undoubtedly the 'outdoor room' which extends the feeling of space and floods the home with natural light.
On an elevated site outside Bridgetown, this home will have great views over the valleys to the south. It is designed to make the most of the views while at the same time opening up to the north for winter sunlight in this cold area of the country. A slow combustion fireplace will provide supplemental heating while ceiling fans and cross ventilation will provide adequate cooling. The home will be built using reverse brick veneer with some rammed earth and a concrete slab for thermal mass.
This family home on a smallholding overlooking the Leschenault Inlet has been designed to maximise the views while opening up to the northern winter sun. The plan form is in a 'butterfly' shape to create four wings each benefitting from solar access and excellent cross ventilation. The home achieves an excellent 8 Star Energy Rating. Materials are simple including rendered brick, masonry and corrugated iron.
This small ancillary accomodation is located at the base of a steeply sloping site which has a home at the higher part of the site. This first phase is a north facing skillion roofed office for an eco builder to display the principles of sustainable design. Solar passive design, natural ventilation, thermal mass and water and energy conservation will all be shown in this small building. The building achieves a very high 9 Star Energy efficiency Rating..
A small inner city lot with a 8,5 metre frontage and 5 metre slope posed an interesting challenge for this project . The lot has clear city views to the south which we have maximised by placing the living pavilion on the top of a 3 level solution. Apart from giving fantastic views, this also has allowed us to harness the north winter sun for the living zone of the home. The home is a mixture of heavy materials for thermal mass and lightweight for ease of construction on the tight site.
A difficult sloping site has beed addressed with an undercroft garage 'base' upon which a simple coutyard home is placed. All rooms are arranged around a northern central courtyard and the roof slopes up to gain extra sunlight and ventilation. The home will be built with insulated brickwork, reverse brick veneer and a EPS panel type Solarspan roof.
This a modernist inspired home for a narrow lot consisting of two 'pavilion like' structures separated by a light filled courtyard. The home is characterised by clean open spaces with high ceilings and multiple vistas to the garden, street or courtyards. It has several multi function spaces which can be used for study, activity, guests or even a second master bedroom. The home is built with insulated brick to the lower floors on a concrete slab, all for thermal mass. The upper floor is a lightweight super insulated construction system .