High­way House’s cre­ative de­sign sim­ply streets ahead

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME - Jar­rad Be­van

WHEN an ar­chi­tect de­signs their home, how do they choose be­tween all the pos­si­bil­i­ties and keep their ideas fo­cused?

For Nathan Crump, di­rec­tor of Ho­bart’s Room 11, he thought about what he wanted to achieve but also the needs of his young fam­ily, in­clud­ing his wife Calli and sons Jack and new­born Fox.

“They were es­sen­tially the ‘ client’ of this project,’’ he said.

The Crumps’ Dyn­nyrne home fl oats on the sheer slopes of Ho­bart’s South­ern Out­let.

They started build­ing in 2010, moved in the next year and have re­cently com­pleted an ex­ten­sion that in­cludes a toy room, bed­room, ex­tra bath­room and a deck un­der the house which per­fectly max­imises the space con­sid­er­ing they don’t have a tra­di­tional yard.

When they fi rst found the block, Nathan im­me­di­ately started think­ing about what they could build.

One of the ideas was to build a com­pact house, 135sq m, on a sin­gle level.

Their pre­vi­ous home in Ta­roona was also on a slope and it had a huge stair­case, which they have avoided with the “High­way House”.

Ar­ranged as an east- west elon­gated box, each of the rooms built be­fore the ex­ten­sion face north for so­lar gain and are bathed in nat­u­ral light.

They take full ad­van­tage of the River Der­went and Ho­bart city views, which Nathan said were im­pres­sive by day but even more so at night.

“We weren’t look­ing to build some­thing that was huge – we pre­fer ‘ well- con­sid­ered’,” he said.

“By fac­ing just off north we cap­ture that all- day sun, but it also links our home with the ori­en­ta­tion of the bridge; two birds with one stone is some­thing you are al­ways look­ing for when de­sign­ing a home.’’

The site is steep at 30 de­grees, and al­though you walk in with level ac­cess at the front door, the cor­ner of the deck just off the lounge room is a 9m drop.

The house sits on stilts, in a steel cra­dle, with a light­weight tim­ber build­ing on top. They chose cel­ery top, a Tas­ma­nian oak floor and Amer­i­can white oak for the kitchen.

Dou­ble glaz­ing was ther­mally im­por­tant to the house’s de­sign but it also helps re­duce the roar of the high­way to a barely no­tice­able hum.

Clever de­sign in the liv­ing room tucks

By fac­ing just off north we cap­ture that all- day sun, but it also links our home with the ori­en­ta­tion of the bridge

the un­sightly heat pump away out of view in a cup­board in the built- in TV cab­i­net and book­shelf.

A two- way fire­place links the liv­ing room with an en­closed deck that also has an out­door shower.

A cov­ered deck to the west pro­vides sum­mer af­ter­noon shade to the liv­ing ar­eas.

Nathan said the two decks al­lowed for a se­ries of slid­ing doors and gal­leries of lou­vered win­dows to aid in nat­u­ral crossven­ti­la­tion.

Now the Crump fam­ily has built their dream home, would they move and do it again?

“I’m al­ways think­ing about the pos­si­bil­i­ties of the next project,’’ Nathan said. “But we love it here. We love the house and the lo­ca­tion is only a walk or short ride to work – I think Calli would take a lot of con­vinc­ing to build again any­time soon.’’

When se­lect­ing a builder to bring his vi­sion to life, it came down to a group reg­u­larly used on Room 11 projects.

“These guys all en­joy the chal­lenge, they are ex­cited about the process and the chance to build some­thing that’s unique,’’ Nathan said.

“Stu­art Law­less from Law­less Builders built our home and it was a great show­case of his skills.’’

Any­one in­ter­ested in putting their own home up for con­sid­er­a­tion for house of the week can email jar­rad.be­van@news.com.au

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