44CR CHELMER

Last modified: April 14, 2020

The Project

An open home that connects people with the land and the community and which provides a simple, yet aesthetic set up which works in balance with nature. A small-scale village where skills, knowledge and resources are shared for the personal improvement of its residents and the neighbourhood. An authentic example of affordable living where the people shape its own identity and which inspires to a healthier and more self-determined lifestyle.

The project is to raise, restump, renovate and extend an existing post-war Queenslander timber house and to create a habitable, flood proof space underneath. The project idea is to keep and maintain the original charm and character of the building while adding a more private extension for the family’s bedrooms into the back garden, integrating it into the existing nature on the block. On completion the house is to be first and foremost a functional family home that supports and enhances family life into the future.  The kitchen, living area and deck are to be the hub of family life and to provide a feeling of openness and connection. 

The new house is to be comfortable for occupants all year round without active air conditioning, which will not be allowed.  Comfortable conditions are to be maintained using good passive design techniques, harvesting breezes, natural humidity reduction techniques. Furthermore, this residential refurbishment / extension is aiming to not only provide a new home for the family to live in balance with nature, but also to show that a building can contribute back to its environment and community. The project is listed for Living Building Challenge certification and together with the owners, DSGNK is using the project to develop a new and more flexible way of project management with a strong focus on user experience.

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