The house was the first in the Barossa Valley to use the Waffle Pod type of foundation.
HOW THE DESIGN EVOLVED
No active heating and/or cooling (to be achieved naturally).
A functional, light and roomy kitchen.
A multi-purpose room for business, but easily converted to a "granny flat" if required.
A family room - large enough to handle the family's activities.
The parents retreat - close enough to the family room to monitor the children but may be isolated to provide privacy.
POSITIONING THE HOME
Full advantage was taken when the Courtyard opening, ended up facing South (up the hill in our case), this allowed the air that naturally flowed down the hill to form a "pool" of cool air in the courtyard. This may be used for cooling the house through open windows, acting like an airconditioner.
The verandas were designed to shade the northerly facing windows during the summer, but allow the sun to penetrate in the winter months; warming the slate flooring, and retaining the warmth for the cold winter nights.
The office that was built at the end of one wing is designed to be converted to a Granny Flat for elderly parents should the need arise. Simply by adding a bathroom section we were able to give them their own privacy and entrance but still allow them to be close to the meals area when they wish to be involved with the family.
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