We custom designed and built this home on acreage at Mount Cotton for a retired couple. They needed our design to take into account their age and potential future needs, for instance incorporating ramps in the build for the day when the steps on this sloping block might prove difficult.
Before construction started, the land was so densely wooded that it was impossible to walk on. Given the bush location and the steep slope of the block, we had bushfire and stability issues to address in the design. For instance, we used different types of cladding and a particular window design to resist embers in the event of a bushfire.
The location also dictated the requirement for large water tanks and upgraded insulation for temperature regulation. We also enhanced ventilation with high windows and louvres.
The clients had a strong sense of what they wanted in the design, including high ceilings and a large deck taking in the views over the bush to Stradbroke Island.
The design outside the front of the house was flat and level to allow for easy parking, including of the couple’s caravan. At the back of the house, we designed a tiered vegetable garden because the owners were keen gardeners and this way they could pursue that without too much climbing.