Malvern Ave – West

Malvern Home Builder - Plan

The brief for this Finesse’d home for a retiring couple, included two levels with separate minor bedrooms and a living space upstairs for visiting family, master bedroom and living quarters downstairs on a narrow 12m wide block. A wide entry passage with feature staircase leading to an open plan living built for entertaining and luxury relaxation with separation between meals and dining. A modern sleek family alfresco was requested and contemporary style finishes and fittings. The site for the dwelling was located in the Unley Council Policy Area 12 character zone with limitations focusing on bulk, scale and streetscape visual appeal.

 The major challenge for the project was the separation of the neighbouring 1960s semi-detached dwelling with party wall to make way for the new dwelling. Prior to the slab pour, alfresco structural steel elements were erected by chem set fixings into footings and cast into the slab. A perfect Salt & Pepper finish was then achieved with a third cut and polish

Environmental Sustainability

Due to the narrow site constraints and council requirements, low pitched upper level roofs were designed to reduce bulk and scale. A 50mm insulated Bondor roof structure was used over the alfresco to accommodate windows articulated to capture northern light during the winter months.  With a rear north facing yard that will have full summer sun exposure, all rear eaves were extended to reduce heat gain.  The dual-pitched upper roof was designed to increase the north facing orientation and maximise the amount of solar panels (battery ready 7.98kW system). Louvre windows were added for cross-flow ventilation. Natural light was accentuated through highlight windows and skylights designed throughout the home to reduce the requirement for artificial light. A 50mm roof blanket with an R 1.25 rating, heavy Earthwool and acoustic insulation was incorporated to the internal and external walls, mid-floor and ceiling, aid in the building’s energy efficiency.