Little City

Little City

Project value: $410,000 including GST, design, consultant and authority fees, factory and site based construction. Modular building system.

Built for a young academic couple on a compact inner city site of 186m2, this new house is located on what was the driveway of the adjoining property.

A tight budget and positive environmental response were the key influencers in the design of this new home. The project was constructed entirely offsite with 2 weeks of onsite based works to complete the building and services connections.

To meet the client’s budget a considered design response was required. Working closely with the client functional areas of the residence were rationalised to create a small, but proportionally scaled, two bedroom, two bathroom house. Spatial features include a compact, functional kitchen, under stair storage andstudy nook as an extension to the living area. 

Materials and construction techniques were selected on the basis of reduced embodied energy and life cycle performance. Key environmental features included highly insulated wall, floor and roof elements, western red cedar cladding utilising offcut short lengths, recycled timber decking material, low/ no VOC finishes, double glazing and FSC and SCI certified timbers.

The result is a project where budget limitations and environmental aspirations comfortably co-exist to create a perfectly formed inner city residence.

“...the garden is growing nicely and the utility bills are much lower than when we lived in the terrace in Carlton North. The double-glazed windows frame some lovely views of the trees that are growing up in our neighbours yards and let in heaps of natural light (we couldn't go back to living in a damp, dark terrace!)”

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