eHaus on the Prairie
Space for extended (and expanding) family to lead connected but separate lives, the desire for a visual connection to a small dam on the site and a high performance thermal environment were key drivers in this layout design. (As was the client’s hobby of working on and racing cars.)
The clients were seeking a ‘dignified & comfortable family home that is a pleasure to live in’; ‘simple & elegant’ providing a ‘casual minimalist’ environment.
The building’s basic form was informed by existing structures on the site, including a shearing shed & implement sheds, with the orientation addressing the desired water views and northerly aspect.
The positioning of buildings allows for a visual connection between garaging and the main house. The positioning of the garages also provides shelter from the prominent westerly winds, to both the outdoor working areas & family spaces.
With the assistance of supportive contractors, the client’s salvaged stained glass windows from a previous home, were able to be incorporated into new double glazed sashes. Throughout the day these provide a panorama of sun-lit colours to slip along the internal walls.
The use of motorised, outdoor, New Zealand made roller blinds provides the necessary shading to prevent overheating. They also ensure that the ‘staring window’ is able to be fully appreciated in quieter moments.
Energy efficiency ensured by Passivhaus certification, has been capitalised upon by cogeneration of power onsite. Connected to the grid, the roof mounted solar PV panels and future wind generation plant help to reduce energy costs to a minimum.
Fine filtering by the heat exchange unit, provides a steady supply of fresh clean air, complementing the low fibre fit-out. It is a home that supports great health & wellbeing.
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