Looking for land in the hills, the last thing you seek is a site with southern aspect, limited solar access and some serious level issues to address, however this site had a very specific feel to it. We are attracted to the dramatic surrounds and knew that with a clever response to the above challenges we could come up with a pretty special result. Designing a home around maximising solar access and creating a private external space were the critical parameters, with specific focus on thermal performance of the home and an economical response to the relief over the building footprint. A grouping of three gable-roofed pods joined by a flat roof hallway is the format of the response.
The house is constructed with a mix of natural products, linear elements and a fully insulated heated slab to provide a core warmth both physically and aesthetically. The mix of cement sheeting, bagged brickwork and western red cedar windows offset by the black finish to both wall and roof creates a striking but homely built form that is grounded appropriately within the setting and works in harmony with the setting.
The internal palette of material carries in from the external selection and creates a functional, warm family home that we have enjoyed greatly thus far and look forward to many more years living in this space as the landscaping grows.
We are so pleased with the result of our Urban Habitats home, it provides for the way we want to live and engage with the location perfectly. The effort put into every detail of our home is evident and testament to the way Urban Habitats passion is expressed in the homes they produce.
Mr. & Mrs. S.