Kaha Homes has risen to the challenge of creating a unique family home that incorporates sustainable design values effectively highlighting how environmental principles can be applied to any suburban block to create a unique and exciting home. The home was individually designed specifically for the block to utilise the natural contour of the land, thereby minimising the amount of earthworks required and maintaining the maximum amount of vegetation on the block.
Natural cooling features that have been used extensively throughout the home to maximise cross flow ventilation including:
- An old-fashioned breezeway;
- Standing the house on piers to ensure maximum airflow underneath;
- High ceilings and louvers to draw the hot air upwards and away;
- Roof and wall insulation to all rooms.
These features are complemented by the inclusion of custom-built window hoods to provide further shading where needed.
Large roof overhangs reduce the amount of heat on the entertaining area and a custom built timber louvre screen has been installed to reduce sun exposure and enhance privacy. The same concept has been employed in the laundry, sheltering it from the harsh Western sun.
Under the rear deck hides a 10,000 litre water tank. This maximizes the outdoor space available – a critical element on a moderately sized block. All external taps, as well as the laundry and toilets are hooked up to the water tank which is managed by a Davey Rain Bank to facilitate efficient water management. Additionally, dual flush toilets are installed in all bathrooms. An additional 4,500 litre tank, set ontop of an old fashioned tank stand overlooks the parents retreat, providing a visual point of interest as well as functional water storage.
The most striking feature of the home is the 6 metre void extending the full height of all three floors. As well as providing a dramatic feature it acts as a chimney flue to draw hot air up, which is then expelled via louvers and a fan at the highest point of the void. The children’s retreat overlooks the void and it is open to the internal stairs to maximize airflow upstairs as well as down.
When the family want to get together the large open plan first level provides a common meeting area complemented by 2 outdoor living spaces that truly bring the outside in
Spread over three levels the 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, study and separate childrens and parents retreats ensure that there’s space for everyone. And when the family want to get together the large open plan first level provides a common meeting area complemented by 2 outdoor living spaces that truly bring the outside in. The contemporary kitchen with stone benchtops, glass splashbacks, stainless European appliances and opulent glass overhead cabinets is the centrepiece of this level. The kitchen window opens directly onto the back deck, and with a gas bayonet already installed for the BBQ, entertaining is easy.
The deluxe parents retreat features its own separate entry with private deck and landscaped courtyard. Inside there’s a massive walk in robe and luxurious ensuite with marble feature tiles, a sunken shower and the very best fixtures. An example of this is a self-closing toilet seat and lid: banishing forever the up versus down argument!
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