Clad in Grey Box (which is being left to weather naturally) the house makes a clear reference to the original weatherboard cottage. The detailing is contemporary in the way the cladding appears to end abruptly against the sky, whilst the windows wrap around the main edges to articulate the 3-dimensional form.
The structural frame is predominantly timber frame (both solid and LVL) with steel to assist with some of the structural gymnastics
At the entry, timber flooring leads visitors along a catwalk-like pathway that provides access to the various levels of the house. To one side a few steps lead down to the sunken ground level while straight-ahead the catwalk leads to a window with a view through to the garden. From here the timber continues up the stair to the middle level which has timber flooring throughout. The stair then continues up to the upper level, culminating in a carpeted rumpus/play space, in what would have been the attic in a traditional terrace.
The garden is an elevated timber-decked area connected to the dining room; curved planter boxes to the rear of the garden provide a tranquil backdrop to this entertaining area.
All timber materials were carefully chosen to minimise their impact on both the internal and external environment (joinery uses veneers rather than solid timbers, timbers from properly managed, certified and sustainable yield forests, LVL’s as wall studs and structural beams – cutting diagrams were used during the design phase to minimise wastage in board material).
Built for a doctor and creative director and their 9 year-old son, the project was about creating a child-friendly house that had character and a story to tell. The house has already been dubbed ‘The Ark’ by the locals.