Within a modest budget a highly functional family home with strong architectural identity has been achieved through modifying traditional gable and valley roof forms.
This has created a unique street presence while remaining sensitive to the established provincial suburban setting.
By lowering the pitch of the intermediate ridge line, the symmetrical gable forms are emphasized while improving daylight access to the enclosed private rear yard. Generous living areas are planned around the rear, north facing, outdoor living with other programming organised in response to orientation and specific client brief.
The building uses relatively traditional construction methods and materials however by incorporating simple architectural detailing a strong sense of identity has been achieved. By extruding the street facing gable wing walls the two symmetrical gable forms are emphasized, along with a combination of vertical and horizontal claddings and feature lighting. With the addition of exaggerated window frames, and a low pitch intermediate ridge line, the street elevation is a unique addition to the suburban streetscape.
The plan is a simple H shape with living areas to the east. The living areas are a collection of open plan spaces with multiple functions able to be carried out comfortably at the same time. The lounge is quiet with limited light for the built-in projector, the study is annexed to the kitchen and dining with space for a second lounge in front of a built-in fire, TV and window seat overlooking the private and generous north facing back yard.