Mount Helen House – Sloping Site Design

Mount Helen House – Sloping Site Design

Mount Helen House is a 3 / 4 bedroom home custom designed to suit the natural topography of the land. As is often the case, this site presented a unique challenge. A 3-dimensional building envelope, tight budget, cross-fall & covenant restrictions required the use of a high percentage of brickwork or alternative (subject to council approval). Careful attention was paid to minimising the cost of footings, excessive site cuts, access and supports required for the masonry. This can be a significant cost if not properly designed for in a Sloping Site Design or 2 Storey Home.¬†Weatherboards have been included to the highest degree possible to meet the covenant requirements and to achieve the client’s preferred look which complements the rendered finish proposed.

All the main living spaces are conveniently¬†located on the entry level, along with the master bedroom wing. This also allows for both an elevated living zone, but also a means of accessing the rear yard by way of a mid-level deck connecting these spaces to the land. Downstairs we have 2 bedrooms, a bathroom & large playroom and on the highest level an optional attic space over the garage. The design features Storybook’s trademark Cathedral Ceilings, High Pitched Gables, Interconnected Decks, Portico, Large Butlers Pantry, 2-way ensuite (to control cost) & Attic Space, not to mention a beautiful exterior. This Sloping Site Design ticks all the boxes…

 

 

Ocean View Cottage

Ocean View Cottage

Here’s the first iteration of a design for a cottage by the sea. A charming 3 bedroom home with a focus on style, efficiency & views towards the front of the site (in this case the water). Although this home features a compact living space, this is offset by the high cathedral ceiling in the living room and the openness of the living / kitchen / meals area which all looks out towards the views. Downstairs we have the master bedroom which also features a peaked ceiling. A 2 way bathroom off this area has been included as a cost saving measure together with the euro style laundry off the hall. Further cost savings can be made by way of staging the build, with a future bathroom upstairs which is adjacent to 2 more bedrooms and an optional deck off the back of the living space. An attached garage has also been included, which can be easily modified to become a 2 car garage.