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The design brief was renovate a small semi-detached residence on a very tight site in Richmond with little natural light into a sustainable bright, comfortable and energy efficient dwelling. The owners wanted to increase the living area and storage capacity of this home while using best practice sustainable design principles and creating an exciting and contemporary new home for their growing family.

We reconfigured the existing floor plan to create a study, 3 bedrooms, a bathroom and laundry downstairs and moved the living areas which were previously completely shaded by the dwelling to the north. The ground floor extension was built on a slab to increase thermal mass. All windows are timber framed double glazed units and maximum insulation was added to the roof, walls and between the two floors. Rainwater is collected from all roofs and stored in narrow tanks along the south boundary. Grey water is collected via a third pipe and pumped out onto the garden. Hot water is heated by a solar hot water system which also contributes to the hydronic heating through the house. The house is pre-wired for a photovoltaic power system.

The design is remarkable in the sense of space created on such a tight site with ample room for off street parking and garden space for the children to play. The renovated home achieves 5.5 Stars (16points) using first rate energy software which is remarkable considering it is the southern half of an old, semidetached duplex building. All rooms are now bathed in natural light and good cross flow ventilation and adjustable shading cools the house passively with no need for air conditioning. The amount of water and electricity used is a fraction of what it was previously despite the house and the family getting larger. Further, the house is now an exciting piece of contemporary architecture that compliments the eclectic nature of Richmond without imposing itself on the streetscape. City views from the living areas are an added bonus.

The home is copper clad on the second level which contrasts effectively with a lime green render.
Green is the key color in the internal color scheme with splashes of red and charcoal grey making for a fun, exciting and dynamic family home.



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