The heavy vegetation on the initial site visit made choosing an exact location for the building very challenging, the views were completely concealed and we needed to avoid a stream running through the middle of the site. To assess the BAL rating and determine the extent of clearing required the Surveyors had to contend with thick bush. This enabled us to get the project underway and ascertain the gradient and site the building footprint. In the end a reasonably large area was cleared to achieve a BAL 29 for the construction of the building which was later planted out with succulents, as they are bushfire resisting plants.
The design of the weekender was based on the client brief which included a client sketch with a triangular shaped deck at the front, we decided to place the building at right angles to the contours with the long elevation facing north and capturing the views to the east from the deck and living areas.
The two bedrooms were nestled into the site on the main level at the West end. The steepness of the site enabled an under croft with an additional bathroom, living area and the potential to sleep additional guests. We designed the house around a simple 3.6m steel framed grid structure and selected steel grating for the decking. This is extremely non-combustible but also allows light through to the lower terrace area which includes an outdoor bath & shower. We love the recycled cladding on the project to give it patina and a settled in look, this was combined with industrial steel retaining between the house and the stream. Once on site we used a combination of the steel retaining and raw concrete L blocks to achieve a meandering path and series of terraces up to the top highest viewing level of the garden.
Photos: Roger D’Souza Photography