When Stanmore based design agency PSEC Project Services were asked to design an open family home with plenty of outdoor space, they could have been forgiven for saying “it’s too difficult!”
The corner block on which the clients wanted to build is a difficult triangular-shaped site that is hardly accommodating for your standard family home.
PSEC Project Services clearly like a challenge.
Clever design ideas and innovative use of space were key when designing this home, which not only needed to have enough space for mum, dad and the kids, it also had to accommodate an artist’s studio.
Room for the whole family
Contemporary, efficiently designed spaces ensure there’s still enough open space for the kids while maximising the space inside.
Downstairs is perfect for family time and entertaining, with the open plan living area surrounded by a large deck that borders the back yard, and the bedroom spaces upstairs are complemented by reading and sitting room guaranteeing privacy and quiet.
Lightweight construction and sustainable design elements have been used throughout the home, with cross-ventilation, thermal insulation and solar passive design significantly reducing the sites eco-footprint, as well as construction time and labour costs.
The homes exposure to the sun controlled the choice of lightweight construction and cladding to remove thermal mass and control heat transmission inside, while the use of insulation in the roof, walls and floor helps control the internal temperature and reduces the need for artificial heating and cooling.
With all the elements of a home much larger than its size, the Johnson residence is a perfect example of how you can overcome site challenges to create your perfect dream home.