Location | Aranda, ACT
Date completed | May 2016
EER | 8.1 stars
Area | 152.4m²
Builder | 35 Degrees Pty. Ltd
Images | Ben Wrigley
Keeping it real with the Jones'
This funky little family of five came to us with a great block in Aranda, an existing brick veneer home, and an intent to make the best use of their backyard. The solution? Extend the existing home to the rear to create a co-living opportunity: two families living on the same block. For Shannon and Grant, creating a home that was wholesome and honest, facilitated play, family growth and supported the life-cycle for a young family, was paramount.
The Modular system affords this home functional, efficient spaces with a streamlined design process. Modest bedrooms, clever storage, priority of communal space, multi-use circulation and a simple rectangular form means this clever home hits the sustainability trifecta: socially sustainable, economically sustainable and environmentally sustainable. It’s all about family, minimalist living, and connection to the outdoors. Through clever articulation of entries and views, the two households maintain their privacy effectively, while enjoying the community warmth of co-living.
The Jones’ were an absolute delight to work with; we hope their home inspires many others to consider living more densely and to pursuing a simple life.
4 bed, 2 living & 2 bath
900m² flat site with orientation of north to the side
Extension to create secondary residence at the rear of the property, original home retained
Large utility area for easy storage, laundry and mass shoe-removal
Customised joinery including robes, kitchen, study and hallway storage
Simple link between existing and new
Multipurpose space, and adjoining ensuite, designed to be the master bedroom in the future
Floor finishes include; concrete, tiles and carpet
Northern facing timber deck and entertainment area, with built in seat
Funky timber casement panels along the first floor hallway
Tailored to the site and designed to our client's brief and budget
EER | 8.1 stars
High levels of insulation in walls (R2.5) and ceilings (R5)
Burnished concrete flooring with R1 insulation to slab edge and underside
Thermal mass of slab used to regulate internal temperatures
Vapour permeable building wrap to control moisture and reduce air movement past insulation
Testing to ensure building envelope integrity: thermographic inspection of insulation and fan depressurisation to ensure airtightness
8.7 air changes per hour at 50Pa (typical Canberra house 15-25)
Window and eave sizes optimised through scientific analysis and collaboration with architect
Small electric radiator panels for heating, ceiling fans for cooling
Thermally broken aluminium composite, and timber, double glazed windows throughout
All communal/living spaces have northern glazing