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
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.