Lo­cal home: Bon­net Hill home own­ers go with the flow

JAWS ar­chi­tects’ Mako mod­u­lar sys­tem was the per­fect fit for the own­ers of this Bon­net Hill home, to en­sure they made the most of their stun­ning un­in­ter­rupted wa­ter views and bush block, writes JAR­RAD BE­VAN

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TASSIE LIVING -

WHEN Chris and Anna Lloy­dParker built their fam­ily home they chose a mod­u­lar de­sign for its en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­van­tages.

Chris said the mod­u­lar sys­tem de­signed by their ar­chi­tects JAWS was based around stan­dard sheet sizes which min­imised waste such as of­f­cuts.

He said the mod­u­lar de­sign sys­tem was also very adapt­able and they were able to con­fig­ure the mod­ules to suit their block.

“We felt con­fi­dent that a mod­u­lar sys­tem would come in on bud­get as we could ac­cu­rately de­ter­mine the cost be­fore the build,” he said.

A vi­tal part of their brief to their ar­chi­tects was the im­por­tance of hav­ing a con­nec­tion with the bush, to make the most of the view and to use the sun’s warmth.

“We wanted the house to blend with its bush sur­round­ings,” Chris said.

The fam­ily – Chris, Anna and their chil­dren Jack and Tess – built in Ho­bart sub­urb Bon­net Hill in a spot with un­in­ter­rupted wa­ter views over the tree tops, which they adore. Chris said the liv­ing area opens to the gar­den on the north side and has floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows on the el­e­vated south side talk­ing ad­van­tage of the ex­pan­sive views.

“I love that all the rooms have wa­ter views,” he said.

“The house also has two decks. A low shel­tered deck on the north side of­fers a pro­tected spot away from the southerly wind and a view right through the lounge to the wa­ter. The deck on the south side feels el­e­vated and ex­posed.”

JAWS Ar­chi­tects direc­tor Scott Ver­douw their Mako sys­tem al­lows a lot of the de­sign work to be achieved up­front, which brings the cost of us­ing an ar­chi­tect down. “You can achieve a nice rhythm in your house with a con­stant pat­tern run­ning through the build­ing,” he said.

“You may not per­ceive it di­rectly, but in­di­rectly – like mu­sic and the rhythm of notes – it makes sense, sounds nice and flows well.”

Scott said a chal­lenge for this project was build­ing a home with no VOCs (volatile or­ganic com­pound) at the re­quest of the home­own­ers.

“Things like off-gassing can be car­cino­genic,” he said.

“Of­ten when you walk into a new house, you can smell the VOCs.

“We have done a lot of re­search in this area and for Chris and Anna’s house we sourced things like wa­ter-based prod­ucts to en­sure any VOCs used were at an ab­so­lute min­i­mum.”

JAWS de­signed its first Mako house in 2009. The idea was to of­fer good de­sign to a part of the mar­ket that is too of­ten ne­glected.

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