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Residential Design – New Houses up to $300K Construction Cost

Daylesford Weekender

Winner: Residential Design – New Houses up to $300K Construction Cost
Winner: Graham Jones Design

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Chris Groenhout

The client wanted an exciting, one bedroom weekend get-away, that was individual, yet would appeal to a wide audience for holiday rental. Carte blanche was given, but a ‘shoe-string’ budget enforced!

The resulting house challenges the concept of the traditional weekend cottage in the Victorian Goldfields. The house presents a blind face to the street, with a central entry clad in rusted steel. The street setback is formally landscaped but unplanted, in keeping with the severity of the facade.

Having a spare plan with almost equal indoor and outdoor spaces, the house follows the slope of the site with an innovative split-level arrangement where the joinery in the kitchen forms the balustrading to the bedroom area above.

The house is clad with essentially modern materials such as steel, and the internal finishes are unashamedly urban and sophisticated. While the arrangement of indoor and outdoor spaces takes great advantage of the expansive views, the only direct reference to the surrounding forest in the fabric of the building is the photographic image of the printed glass splashback in the kitchen.