2017, Ruimsig, JHB, South Africa
Initial Area: 295 m²
Project Team: Nadine Clarke, Rivka Shulman
LAYOUT WITH GROWTH OPTIONS
In a residential market that is largely developer driven, this home is set in a medium sized residential estate. The developer called for a contemporary, 3 bedroom starter home. As the brief called for little else beyond this, we decided to design a home that could be added onto as a family might grow or change. Orientation also had to be optimised as the base minimum to a sustainable home.
The house is designed as a compact, North-facing, double story home, with space available on the ground and first floor to allow for growth or a larger initial home.The ground floor is designed as an open plan space with an outdoor living area, with the ability to add a guest bedroom/ study / staff accommodation / formal lounge to the north. We also decided it was also important to have some garden space and not build up the entire stand. The first floor is designed with a core of 3 bedrooms, and the option of extending the first floor to add a pyjama lounge, bedroom and or study space.
The design can be roofed with either a mono-pitch or pitched roof. We opted for a North-facing mono-pitch roof that allows South-facing, clear storey windows to bring daylight into the passage space, as well as optimum orientation for future PV panels and solar collectors for hot water supply.