The secret of an eco-friendly home is to use the natural light and natural breezes to your best advantage. This is achieved by opening up and changing the layout of a home. This home has added a large skylight in the kitchen to bring in natural light. Louvres and bi-folding windows are placed throughout the space to allow this area to be opened up with an indoor/outdoor living area to catch the breezes. This has been very effective to regulate the temperature of the home. This stunning home has morphed from a two-bedroom cottage for a couple to a three bedroom, two storey family home. The changes were staged, beginning with lifting and moving the house on the 400sqm block. The major alterations were part of a larger scheme where the block behind became a townhouse development. One positive of this was that they could put their driveway down the side and around the back of the house so that the garage, now underneath the kitchen is out of sight from the street. The challenge, however, was to increase their floor area within the envelope dictated by the development. There was not enough room for a casual living area and a deck so we just added one indoor/outdoor room. This is now becoming common as more people see the benefit of making a deck more like a room. The black veneer on the kitchen would not work without the clerestory which brings in so much natural light. The black also works well because of the bright “spark” that is the splashback above the cooktop. The little red tiles were not the first choice but now seem to make the kitchen. The new kitchen and bathroom were completed during the most recent stage of renovation.
Established in 1993 dion seminara arhitecture designs projects for individual clients throughout south-east Queensland. With strong empahasis placed on design for our climate ; design to satisfy client requirements and design to suit site issues we have completed over 700 projects.