Kiama Courtyard house

Kiama NSW
Site:This well-proportioned residential block in Kiama NSW provides the setting for a new courtyard home. The street access is oriented on the western side of the block, with the long side boundary facing towards north. The site is fortunate to have unobstructed solar access and the levels are gently sloping to the southern side boundary. Brief:Our third project with these lovely clients, our brief was to design their forever home to retire to on the NSW south coast. Our brief was to design a single-level home with landscaped courtyards that will fully engage with the outdoors, in a relaxed beach aesthetic with low-maintenance design features. Our aim was to maximise energy efficiency with passive solar design techniques, including solar gain, cross ventilation, thermal mass floors, highly insulated and well sealed building envelope. Design Features:This new courtyard-style home is designed to create a relaxed, beach escape, integrating multiple courtyards which provide seamless connection from indoors to outdoors. A lushly landscaped courtyard garden at the entry engages directly with the streetscape, providing a cool shady entry on the western side. The spacious hallway with skylight above leads past bedrooms to a generously proportioned open living space with lofty raked ceilings. The living room opens directly to the outdoor northern living courtyard, creating a sense of connection to the outdoors, while a gourmet kitchen with walk-in pantry ensures the cooks in the house will be very happy. A second glazed 'garden' room beyond in turn open out to the rear swimming pool courtyard and private main bedroom retreat. Using hard-wearing and beautiful materials and finishes, this design demonstrates design for aging in place, with wide doorways, on-level access, spacious bathroom and kitchen areas as well as ease of use and maintenance. Construction:Under Construction 2022/2023 Result: