As a leading architecture firm, we are excited to share how the team here at Playoust Churcher made a modern architecture holiday home dream a reality on the Northern Beaches.
This majestic home is set on the slopes of Palm Beach, Sydney, and optimises the location and view and pushes the modern design envelope with its seamless, cohesive use of sustainable materials and natural light.
The brief from the Sydney-based client was to design a flexible family beach home.
It needed to have multiple living spaces that could cater for the entire family holidaying together or just the young adult children visiting with friends for a weekend.
Where our team’s design expertise proved exciting was how we were able to use the elements and characteristics of the site to their maximum potential.
The home is west facing to exploit the sea views over Pittwater and is located amid lush Australian vegetation. To the east is a gorgeous view of the hillside and where the morning sun originates.
Given its superb location, an essential design requirement for this site was to make it ‘transparent’ and use as much natural light as possible.
“To do this, we positioned the bedrooms and quieter locations of the home to the south side and the living and services parts of the home to the north to really take advantage of the view and allow the morning sun to pour into the communal spaces,” says architect Brett Churcher.
To protect the home from the western sun, especially in the summer, we included a sloped roof that meets a translucent pergola to capitalise on the natural lighting but offers adequate sun protection.
Conscious of the location and views, we also included a verandah with drop-down blinds to protect the area from sun and wind and create a winter garden.
We started designing this home before COVID as an alterations project with the planning and design, working with the local Northern Beaches council compliance and DA approval.
The slope of the land and site logistics were also a challenge for this build.
Based on the meticulous planning process we follow and our relationship with our construction teams, we also identified a rot issue with the property that required we demolish more than initially anticipated.
The delay of materials during the pandemic was another challenge we needed to work with that we couldn’t anticipate but had to manage carefully.
Often people question whether it’s worth paying an architect, and the example of this home is why this answer is a resounding yes, it is worth it.
“We follow a strict process that considers every element of the build, part of which leverages our attention to detail when it comes to design,” says Brett.
“Our expertise ensures we consider the characteristics of the land and use this information to get the best from the site, and its location is where our architect rubber meets the road. The inclinator we installed to help the family and guests transfer goods from the garages to the house is a testament to this,”
If you’re ready to hire an architect to design your forever home, then be sure to contact us today.
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