This extension was originally intended as a small addition of a bedroom and study for their grand-daughter. After our first meeting we co-created an extra sitting room and master bed suite, and renovated an existing bedroom into a bed/study space for the grand-daughter.
The result is a spacious new entry, a new master bedroom suite and a new sitting room with a wrap around verandah, seamlessly integrated into the original design of the home.
Designed with a view towards complete self-sufficiency in resort style living. Developed initially from the owner builder’s own plans, the design grew into a series of interconnected cubes, placed around a central courtyard. This home embodies ease of construction and an ability to stage the construction over time. Read on to see some of the amazing features integrated into this comprehensive design.
House, studio, gravity feed water tower, shed and carport, all master-planned and designed to work together.
Minimal Japanese/Scandinavian aesthetic as requested by the owners.
Passive solar design maximising winter solar heating, and summer shading.
Insulated for minimal heat loss in winter.
Natural ventilation to maximise cooling in summer.
Naturally filtered swimming pool. No chemicals, low maintenance.
Natural wetland, garden courtyard and swimming pool integrated into the design.
Off-grid solar power and battery storage system.
Rainwater collection and filtration system.
Grey water recycling and reuse system.
Integrated orchard watered by grey water overflow.
This design embodies the owner’s desires for a relaxed, minimal, rural and self-sufficient lifestyle that they could share with their family and friends, while immersed in their surrounding environment.
The owners wanted to change the use of this historic house from a residential use to commercial, whilst still maintaining the historic nature of the building. This change of use required detailed attention to the following:
fire safety and separation from adjoining buildings,
This home is a shining example of how good design doesn’t have to cost more.
Master builder, Geoff Woolston, has built this home with meticulous care. Here is a small list of the biggest features of this clever, affordable home.
Very well insulated passive solar design. (ie. cool in summer, warm in winter, no air-conditioning necessary.)
Courtyard design floods the living area with winter sun.
Large eaves shade the home from summer sun.
Every bedroom and living room has an outlook. (rather than just facing a fence.)
3m wide side access for a boat or caravan.
Feature porch/entry with lots of glass and light.
High ceilings to the living room with maximum width sliding glass doors.
Feature curved passage from entry to living room.
Compact, easy care wet areas.
Elegant street appeal.
Large double garage with extra storage space.
Large courtyard for outdoor entertaining.
Private garden space off master bedroom.
Large multipurpose room facing the street with its own patio. (possibly media room, home office, guest room, etc…)