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Winner Residential Design: New Houses up to $300K construction cost

Designer: Beaumont Concepts Builder: Ecoliv Buildings
Phone: (03) 5672 5196   Photographer: Warren Reed
Web: Location: Wonthaggi, VIC

The brief was to create a concept weekender-style home that would support the relaxed style associated with holiday living. Priorities in the brief were simplicity, affordability, and low maintenance finishes both inside and out; as well as a low environmental impact in both the construction phase, and the lifecycle of the home.

The planning of this compact home consists of two simple volumes, which are carefully juxtaposed to provide all the space needed, while providing an economical footprint for construction. A sheltered deck to the west of the living area contributes to the functionality of the home in many ways: it extends the available living area to the outside, while protecting it from the harsh western orientation, and the prevailing southerlies coming off the coast.

External walls are clad with lightweight sheet cladding to the bedroom volume, and contrasted with radially sawn, battened silver top to the living and deck areas. This creates visual interest without breaking the budget, while the landscape design of the surrounding site complements the low maintenance program of the house. The internal palette is simple and uncluttered, and materials have been carefully chosen to create a spacious feel without compromising on quality.

Each aspect of this design has been carefully considered to provide value for money; and they come together to remind us, yet again, that good design can be economical.