Family Home in Hills Setting
To design a home in the rolling Adelaide Hills for a couple and their teenage daughters. The home requires separate adult and teenage areas and a generous North facing living area that takes advantage of long views to the East and West.
The form of the house and materials chosen reflect a timeless vernacular suitable for the location, with gable roof profiles and corrugated cladding. It has been designed to suit the contours of the site, at a slightly elevated position to capture distant views, without imposing on the landscape.
The single storey family home consists of kitchen, lounge, dining, study, 4 bedrooms and a separate utility shed. Rammed earth walls are a feature of the house, running through the bedrooms, ensuite and media room and embracing the large fireplace in the open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area. Recycled materials have been used where possible, including the concrete slab which has a recycled aggregate and fly-ash component.
The house embraces sustainable design practices and principles and exceeds current energy standards, achieving a 7.9 star energy rating. Wall construction combines high levels of traditional insulation plus a modern thermal cladding system with double glazed windows, thermally efficient frames and green shade structures.
This house is designed to be self-sufficient with a 5kW solar PV system and battery storage. The concrete slab has in-floor hot water pipes as a comfortable and stable heating solution. The hot water is generated by an energy efficient heat pump that runs on the solar PV system.
Large rainwater tanks provide all the required water for the house and garden. There is a water treatment system that processes all wastewater for re-use on site via sub-surface irrigation.
This home is under construction and will be finished in late 2015.