Builder: Steele Associates Construction Architect: Noxon Giffen
This project came to us with the brief to deliver a ‘caviar’ architectural residence on a ‘fish & chips’ budget. We worked with the owner and architect throughout the construction documentation phase under our Cost Consulting Service.
Innovations and notable features of this project are:
- Two mature trees on site were subject to a sizeable council bond and had to be protected in accordance with stringent requirements.
- The concrete floor finish is no more than a steel trowel finish with sealer. This meant very careful protection through the weathering and rigours of the construction process. Luckily the owner liked the few leaf ‘fossils’ that appeared on buffing!
- Open weave’ brickwork gives texture and transparency to the blade wall dividing the verandah from the pool.
- Exposed LVL floor joist had to be carefully protected from rainwater staining through our construction.
- The subtle recess of kitchen joinery under a highlight window is achieved by building in welded steel truss frames to transfer the loads to the external walls.
- Economical Colorbond cladding was scrupulously detailed to give the building its elegant, yet robust character. Flashing and capping sizes were minimized to create crisp edges and shadows.
- Aluminium door & window units were supplemented by cover pieces detailed and installed on site by our skilled team to give the impression of seamless glazed wall units.
- Detailed site and shop built joinery come together across the stairway leading from entry to living, ensuring our fastidious detailing is appreciated by all-comers!
- Being in a flame-zone, glazed doors and windows needed external roller-shutter protection. Steele worked closely with the architect and manufacturer to integrate these often clunky elements into the façade, concealing them over large openings, and characterizing them as ‘bushy eyebrows’ over smaller windows.
- The whole house had to be wrapped in fire blanket and built to meet strict flame-zone regulations including an external timber exclusion zone.
- When inspecting this property, please note that printing was excluded from the contract and the owner did it himself, so Steele’s rigorous QA whip wasn’t cracked.
- The house, swimming pool, and domestic hot water are all heated by a gas hydronic heating system. Heat exchange tanks output water at different temperatures as required for reticulation through concrete and radiators for space heating, direct to pool water for pool heating, and to taps for domestic hot water.