De­sign note­book

Q&A with Tim Dor­ring­ton of Dor­ring­ton Atch­e­son Ar­chi­tects

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How did the stream dic­tate your de­sign de­ci­sions?

It meant con­crete foun­da­tions were off the ta­ble right away. The ground level is prob­a­bly a me­tre to two me­tres higher now than it was, so there’s quite a lot of cut and fill. To do con­crete foun­da­tions you have to go down to good ground – so that could have meant two me­tre-high foun­da­tion walls, and then all the fill, and then the slab on top. Do­ing tim­ber piles and then tim­ber floor­ing for this site was def­i­nitely more prac­ti­cal.

Were there any great fea­tures on the plans that didn’t make it in the real world?

In the ini­tial mod­els, the front wall wrapped all the way up the drive­way as well, like a big fortress wall. As you came down the drive there was this big, dark, nasty, brood­ing wall sit­ting in front of you with vir­tu­ally no open­ings.

Are you ea­ger to crack into stage two of the build?

There’s noth­ing lack­ing. From above, sure, it would look re­ally cool hav­ing an L-shape in­stead of this, but ex­pe­ri­en­tially, it would be no dif­fer­ent if stage two was added.

1. En­try 2. Laun­dry 3. Bath­room 4. Bed­room 5. Deck 6. Kitchen 7. Din­ing 8. Liv­ing

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