DPE House Design Studio Project 2
Proof that sustainable living need not cost more or compromise living space, this Hampton residence by Solar Solutions Design and in conjunction with the client, White Pebble Interiors, boasts a feeling of warmth, while achieving an eclectic contemporary look. Solar Solutions Design has always been at the forefront of delivering modern, energy-efficient home design and this residence is no exception.
Combining functionality with timeless elegance, the two-storey property exudes a resort-inspired charm. The brief called for a light-filled home with a sense of spaciousness and relaxation, with the main focus being on energy efficiency.
Solar Solutions Design worked closely with White Pebble Interiors to create a home that perfectly integrates the indoor and outdoor areas while making a positive impact on the environment. The residence is at once extremely livable and highly sustainable.
The home’s clean lines, 90-degree angles and simple colour palette are typical of the modernist feel; however, the creative use of articulation and the prominence of the feature timber provide a more exciting edge. Timber also helps to create a connection with nature and has a way of bringing the outside in, which was important for the homeowners.
Solar Solutions Design managed to successfully accommodate the moderate slope of the lot to minimise overshadowing and overlooking issues due to the close proximity of neighbouring dwellings. Striking materials have been used throughout not only as a clever design feature, but also as functional and practical elements that ensure longevity.
This Hampton residence is not only minimalistic in appearance, but also in ongoing demands. Zero-maintenance materials, a drought- tolerant garden and an extremely energy-efficient design combine to capture the essence of resort living: comfort, relaxation and harmony – all without lifting a finger. The final fishing touch, the swimming pool, is reﬂective of the natural environment and is 100 per cent chemical-free.
Situated close to the coast, the site can receive strong, cool winds. To minimise the impact of the coastal wind and to make the most of its solar access, the house has been orientated east-west to provide the ideal situation of increased northerly aspects.
Careful consideration was taken through every stage of the design process to ensure each room received plenty of sun during the colder months yet remained cool during the warmer months. Shading devices ensure the harsh summer sun can be blocked out when necessary and the winter sun can penetrate deeply for maximum warmth. Thermal mass, high-level insulation, double-glazing and an air-tight envelope work in conjunction to great effect.
A central stairway helps to draw warm air up and away from living areas in summer, where it escapes through the stairwell and outside via two automated Velux ceiling vents/skylights.
The large kitchen is every budding chef’s dream, but the semi-commercial gas cooktop presented a particular design challenge in an airtight building envelope. Bringing in replacement air from the outside would prove to consume large amounts of energy to maintain the internal temperature.
The solution was a state-of-the-art recirculating rangehood from Rangecraft, which has a plasma chamber that disintegrates odour molecules using a cold combustion process. The heat-recovery ventilator also has a ‘cooking’ mode, which temporarily boosts stale air extraction in the kitchen zone and fresh air insertion in the living and dining areas to create a steady ﬂow of air towards the kitchen. This combined method has proven to be incredibly effective, and the energy savings are significant.
Plenty of light-filled open and private areas accommodate this young and growing family. Reﬂective of the professional backgrounds of its owners, the home combines high-end interior design features with high technology to optimise the balance between aesthetics and energy efficiency
There is a common misconception that sustainable homes must be small, made of mudbricks and/or cost more than standard homes. With this Hampton property, Solar Solutions Design has proven that through the combination of clever design, and good products and technology it’s possible to construct a spacious, open-plan family home in Melbourne’s climate with an exceptional 7.3-star thermal performance rating.
Solar Solutions Design is a multi-award-winning company that has been in business for more than 20 years, specialising in healthy home design. Solar Solutions Design homes are custom-built to suit the land and the local environment. The company can also provide clients with high-quality building products at less than trade rate.
The main focus is to ensure your new home achieves the highest energy rating possible to suit your site and brief. Solar Solutions Design plans your new home, combining passive solar design principles and carefully specifying materials to create a healthy home that will be naturally warmer in winter and cooler in summer.