South Hobart home makes most of top spot.
BEFORE his clients got started building their family home at South Hobart, Dock4 Architects director and architect Giles Newstead had a look at the block for them.
He thought the site was too steep for a family home.
However, by that time the family already had their hearts set on the position, which offered a northerly aspect, a light bush setting, the mountain on their doorstep and was just minutes from the city – what’s not to love?
Giles said in the early stages of the design he focused on creating terrace areas that were level and usable for the couple’s three children.
The home also has large deck areas that open to the outdoor spaces to the right of the property, creating more useful areas for family living.
Giles said the view to the north was a gift that doesn’t happen all that often.
“It meant we could get a passive solar design working really well,” he said.
“It’s the sort of home that doesn’t need much heating, there is no wood heater or heat pump, they do have some floor heating in the insulated concrete slab for the winter months if needed but the house itself does most of the heavy lifting.
“We glazed extensively across the front of the house.”
The flip side to having an abundance of north-facing glass is a need for really good cross-ventilation.
Giles’ design placed large sliding doors at the end and side of the building, plus a small window at the rear to pull the breeze through.
“If you open the downstairs rumpus doors and you get a bit of a Venturi effect where the heat rises and vents out of the top storey,” Giles said.
The home was built by Vinnie O’Brien, now director of VO Projects, using robust materials like Besser Blocks and render combined with timber trims.
“The design is quite brutal in a way but we softened it down with the detailing,” Giles said.
The living level is on the first floor; drop downstairs and the layout features a bedroom zone at the front of the house plus the bathroom and laundry where they had cut into the bank.
The master bedroom has a cleverly concealed home office behind the bed and an ensuite to one side.
Giles said the house was quite a “compact building. However, it has four bedrooms, a rumpus, two bathrooms and a large living space upstairs on a relatively small footprint,” he said.