Our clients, Geoff and Lorraine approached Hadar Homes to custom design and individual tailor a home for them on a unique site that they had already purchased. They had built a new home in Melbourne 13 years earlier and, therefore, was familiar with the building process but wanted to be more involved with their home this time unlike their previous build. They wanted to be able to custom design and specify their own inclusions and have a lot more access during the construction so no details were missed. Hadar Homes specialises in custom designing homes for our clients and allowing them to build a hands on home.
Geoff and Lorraine had an extensive design brief starting for the siting of their home to create access for their large caravan and 4x4 turning circle, large caravan storage shed, additional caravan storage for visitors, make the most of the site with its established trees and provide privacy from the adjoining site whilst creating secluded open space on the same side of the home. Geoff and Lorraine are retired and have no children who live at home but still needed a 4 bedroom plus study home that has northern solar access and solar efficient. The home needed to be able to close off the utilities areas and 3 bedrooms so the clients could heat, cool and clean only the areas that they use on a regular basis but also flow as a family home when their mature children and grandchildren visit. Views from inside of the home to the established treed areas were also an important requirement. Geoff and Lorraine were concerned with future resale of the home and felt a family home on such a large site was a more desirable package.
Orientation of the site was beneficial from a solar passive perspective with the rear of the home facing the eastern morning sun and north to the side allowing the design to capture the benefits of its orientation into the main Family/Meals/Kitchen, Living and Alfresco areas designed to the rear and side of the home. The western or front façade of the home was designed to reduce the amount of western windows as per Geoff and Lorraine’s requirements. We were still able to create a distinctive and substantial frontage upon entering the property with the use of rendered piers and raised hipped roofline. It was agreed with our client that the Master Bedroom would be best orientated to the western side of the home with measures in place to counteract the intense summer sun. In addition to Bedroom 1 position to the front façade a larger Double Garage and recessed entry for protection from the element and predominate weather also adds to the appeal of the home.