This design project undertaken by Designing Green is situated at Mount Kembla village in New South Wales. Dramatically set at the foot of the Illawarra escarpment, with distant views of the ocean the location has the character and atmosphere of a small mining village.
What is really interesting about this Designing Green brief; is it is for a three-generation family looking to bring an old family home into the 21st century. The owner of the house has been living in the existing three-bedroom cottage for more than 35 years, and now her son, his partner and their two children are all living with her.
The cottage is sited on two standard residential blocks of land with an established native garden and an in-ground pool area. The garden and pool is beautifully sited on the western side of the cottage. The northern aspect of the cottage faces the street frontage, with no connections to the lovely garden and pool area.
The brief from the client to Designing Green was to transform and extend the existing cottage, within a budget and to create spacious and functional living areas to accommodate the needs of a three generations family. Other instructions included create living room areas that open the house towards to the poolside area and the garden and importantly, to bring the house to contemporary “green living” standards.
The sustainability elements of this particular Designing Green project included installing pyrolitic low-e tinted glass (reduces the transfer of heat or cold through the glass) for all new windows and bi-fold doors, and insulation of walls, ceilings, and sub-floors area. Design elements that incorporate green living practices, such as allowing the space for a vegetable garden, designing a water wise garden and incorporating recycling, composting features.
Other sustainable design elements undertaken by Designing Green allowed for rainwater harvesting, installing generous size gutters and downpipes that are connected to two water tanks located in subfloor of the new extension and the use and reuse of the existing cottage structure to minimize gross floor area of the extension. All removed materials from the existing structure, including fittings, were also sold in order to reduce demolition waste. And finally the installation of a solar hot water system, with a gas booster was added to the new house.
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