Marina lifestyle can be experienced in this two storey contemporary home with Northern light filtering into a pond courtyard with an Asian garden, landscaping by 'Stylescapes'. Flanked either side by tall houses blocking out the sun, the light filled central courtyard is skirted by energy efficient double glazing that offers views from all living areas up and down. A central recycled timber pier style floor runs from the street entry through to the picture window at the rear that frames the pool and Patio. Natural rock facades and rendered finishes feature on the exterior and internally, blue stone paving, polished concrete benches feature. In the second storey master bedroom en-suite a free standing bath looks down into the courtyard garden that features Bonsai plants and a specimen Maple. Views of the Marina canals and nearby hills are available from the upper rooms.
Additions to a mid-90s two storey beach house provide a transition to modern 5 star lifestyle living. An eclectic mix of natural stone, polished concrete, wood, bagged brickwork in a deep mauve grey with some plum coloured vertical elements that match the stove doors of the Aga in the outdoor room, contribute to a unique style that the owners love. The house is designed to cater for six adult children and is the new hub for family gatherings. Included in the lower floor plan is a large spa room with vaulted timber panelled ceilings multi-fold doors that can open up the room linking it to the outdoors. The indigenous garden designed by James Ross provides beautiful natural environment punctuated by unique rust sculptures created by Matt Hill. The owners share the site with their three dogs and a few wild rabbits. On top of the main gable of the old house sits a copper Cupola that the owner purchased in Maine, USA ,twenty odd years ago which he carted around in cardboard box until he found the right place to put it and now it has a home!
Houses that reflect their natural environment and its geological features, constructed from natural materials such as rammed earth, hay bale, natural stone, and timbers from managed forests. These houses were designed as a reflection of the owner's dreams and their intuitive sense of the land that they had chosen to be their home. Using natural developed shapes such as; hyperbolic paraboloids that can be created using straight timbers gradually inclined, metal roofs that can bend enough on their own, and post and beam structures that allow organic material infills-materials that have great insulating properties, and in combination with thermal mass elements such as concrete floors, stone or rammed earth walls, and natural air flow to higher windows that allow hot air to escape in summer.
Art Deco architecture of this 1920's duplex with eclectic contemporary additions at the rear provide light and space while still respecting the original house and the owners decor style. Some architectural elements were brought through to link the existing modern influences from inside; entrance hall and living room including black wallpaper, black painted walls below the picture rails in juxtaposition to the art deco style. 75x75 black textured tiles on the outside of the addition and also at the front entry perpetuating the repitition. Northern light was brought into the house with Velux roof windows that are also screened for insects and hot summer sun, and being operated by a hand held remote can pivot open to release hot air, and combined with screened air vents in the floor provide passive air cooling when needed.
Old brick veneer transformed to contemporary elclectic modern style
This Passive solar design at Ocean Grove utilises Northern penetrating sun in winter and shaded sun in summer. Natural and recycled materials are used for this addition/renovation with lime render and managed forest timber products. Existing brick walls are to be rendered with lime render to help link old and new with architectural repetition.
The architectural style of Rammed Earth walls used on the exterior, and interior of this house help create thermal mass that can be used for natural heating and cooling. Eaves shade the summer sun but allow low winter sun to reach into the house and heat internal walls and concrete floors which release the energy of the sun slowly during the night reducing the difference in diurnal and nocturnal temperatures, thereby reducing the need for winter heating. In summer the cooling effects of the walls which have been exposed to cooler nigh time temperatures and absorb the heat during the day.
North facing hi-lite windows let natural light into the central living areas and allows hot air to escape in summer providing natural convection air currents that the drag cooler air through from the lower storey. The contemporary architectural style has articulated exterior elements that reflect the emerging neighbourhood character while providing a functional sustainable home.
This is a Passive Solar Project using part concrete floor and passive air conditioning to dramatically reduce the need for artificial heating and cooling. The owner reported that the summer air temperature was reduced by 10 degrees and in winter they didn’t need to use the artificial heating hardly at all. The split level style of architecture provides functionality and beauty in the design.