Family getaway on a spectacular bush block.

Challenges and solutions:

  • Stringent planning controls including BMO - expert advice sought early to avoid costly re-design
  • Challenging site conditions (sloping block) - building siting on ridge and split levels minimise height from ground but capatalise on views
  • Budget - lightweight construction and siting on ridge avoids expensive cut and fill, retained driveway and previous building footprint to reduce site works
  • Spectacular views to east and west but unattractive views to north and south of block at odds with passive solar needs - pop out daybed windows reduce glazing to east and west whilst framing views.  Northern and southern clerestorey allows winter sun and summer breezes whilst blocking views.
  • Hot dry summers, cold winters - passive solar design provides cross ventilation and natural heating
  • Flexibility in floor plan - house design works for large and small groups