Completed in 2019 for a couple downsizing from a large rural property. The brief was to design a house suitable for ‘aging in place’ while feeling more generous than its 188m2 allotment should allow. The primary accommodation, including a garage was to be located at ground level – which became the design challenge.
The resultant program was relatively straightforward, with the entry and garage at the front, a central private zone with services in the centre, followed by the main living area, orientated to a north facing garden. The insertion of two light courts was a subtle addition that offered privacy, separation and daylight into the middle rooms. The volume of the rear living space was manipulated with a 4m high ‘cranked’ cathedral ceiling directing a view at the large canopy tree in the rear garden.
With a minimal pallete of materials (concrete timber and plaster) the garage door has been designed to integrate seamlessly into the front façade. In a street with a heritage overlay, the garage had to be concealed in a way that didn’t emphasize its utility. Vertical timber battens give the form a sense of verticality, aiding to visually recessive form of the upper floor. A small first floor balcony with its incorporated planter provide softness and privacy to a guest room.
Architect: Taylor Reynolds
Builder: Tony Miller Builders
Photographer: Partrick Reynolds