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Winner: Master Builder Association Excellence in Housing award winner 2015
Jakin Construction Group worked with Sally McCosker Architecture to produce a beautiful modern three-level home with large, open living spaces for a growing family. Like all Jakin homes, it demonstrates a high level of detail to both internal and external finishes and a great connection between the house and pool, so that the homeowners can make the most of the outdoor area and move easily between the two spaces.
Built on a very steep site, the house has been designed to blend in with its surroundings and the open-plan living maximises views to the valley’s bushland. The highlight windows, combined with high ceilings, not only offer a unique feature for the home, but also help emphasise the sweeping valley views.
The sandstone-clad front entry and suspended recycled timber bridge to the front door create instant street appeal and set the tone for the modern aesthetic.In the design process of the home, set over 480m², the client requested that all bedrooms be on one level and that an open-plan design be used in communal spaces to showcase the views of the surrounding valley. In order to achieve this, the Jakin team carefully considered each level of the residence, and also built up the terrace lawn levels.
Large open-plan living spaces were accomplished by using composite building products to achieve greater spans. These living areas were placed on the middle level, which connects directly to the pool and pool terrace. In contrast, the bedrooms have been placed on the lower level, where family members can retreat to more private locations when needed, and the temperature stays consistent.
To promote green living, Jakin has included water storage for on-site re-use for facilities including toilet flushing, pool top-ups and irrigation. In addition, the home’s extensive use of insulation throughout keeps each room at a constant temperature and reduces the need for extra heating or cooling. The overall design also incorporates cross ventilation to ensure the home stays naturally cool during summer.
As the property is located in a high bushfire zone, special consideration was made to address material selection and construction methods during the design and construction process.Even with a steep site to work with, the Jakin team has created a strong connection between the inside and the spacious outdoor area. Frameless glass fencing around the pool and outdoor space ensures unobstructed views of the surrounding area can be enjoyed while the family plays or entertains in this space
Sally McCosker Design