Extended south-west corner design

March 4th, 2006

4 March 2006 designTrying to make a little more space by extending the living area outwards… The master bedroom now has a “retreat”. Not sure whether we really need this (or the extra space).

The central core acts as sun-trap and ventilation tower. The thermal mass wall (shown in red) accepts direct solar gain and heats the surrounding rooms.

Ensuite moved to south design

January 10th, 2006

10 Jan 2006 designTwo revised designs for the master bedroom, walk-in robe and ensuite. Can we arrange a spa-bath in front of the view?!

The central core acts as sun-trap and ventilation tower. The thermal mass wall (shown in red) accepts direct solar gain and heats the surrounding rooms.

8 Jan 2006 design

January 8th, 2006

8 Jan 2006 designExtending the passageway idea, we now try to give beds 2, 3 and 4 private access to the downstairs bathroom. The laundry moves to the north-west corner.
The central core acts as sun-trap and ventilation tower. The thermal mass wall (shown in red) accepts direct solar gain and heats the surrounding rooms.

7 Jan 2006 design

January 7th, 2006

7 Jan 2006 designKitchen moved to the north side of the house.

On the ground floor, a short passageway gives private access to the bathroom for bedrooms 2 and 3.  To compensate for the loss of direct contact with the central core the thermal wall is extended outwards between the bedrooms, and between the master bedroom and living room on the upper floor.

The central core acts as sun-trap and ventilation tower. The thermal mass wall (shown in red) accepts direct solar gain and heats the surrounding rooms.

6 Jan 2006 design

January 6th, 2006

6 Jan 2005 designDeveloping the walk-through robe and ensuite for the master bedroom.

The central core acts as sun-trap and ventilation tower. The thermal mass wall (shown in red) accepts direct solar gain and heats the surrounding rooms.

5 Jan 2006 design

January 5th, 2006

5 January 2006 design

Developing the design, here the central core is wider to give rooms more exposure to the thermal wall.

The central core acts as sun-trap and ventilation tower. The thermal mass wall (shown in red) accepts direct solar gain and heats the surrounding rooms.

Dec 2005 design

December 15th, 2005

December 2005 designA new concept with a central core to act as sun-trap and ventilation tower. The thermal mass wall (shown in red) accepts direct solar gain and heats the surrounding rooms.

Nov 2005 design

November 30th, 2005

Nov 2005 designThe first design to make it onto graph paper.

The house is divided by a thermal mass wall running along its length about 2.5 metres from the north side. The aim is to use this as a solar collector for winter solar gain.

Between the north wall (mostly glazed) and the thermal mass wall is a full-height gallery, allowing maximum exposure to the sun. The  remainder of the house features 2 levels – upper living and lower bedrooms.

Placement of the garage (shown here attached to the north side) is problematic because it will shade the solar gallery. The block does not allow for any other placement but the garage might be separated from the house.