Highway House’s creative design simply streets ahead
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.’’
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