The Fan House, Aireys Inlet (in-progress)
The sloped site overlooks a densely vegetated natural gully with the potential for views out to the ocean and Aireys Inlet lighthouse. This home is for a growing family who often spend quality time together at the beach.
The proposed 2 storey home is to be positioned centrally on the site (over the zone of the existing dwelling), allowing for the landscape to surround the home, while also providing an ample buffer between adjoining owners. The current concrete parking zone will be given to the native garden. The form of the dwelling is curved to take in the solar potential to the North, while also opening up to the coastal views available. The new home is designed to sit on the existing bench in the topography, diminishing it from the street frontage and neighboring houses.
The Ground Floor comprises a Carport and Storage on partly suspended slab, stepping up to a timber sub-floor including the ground level Laundry, 3 Bedrooms, Powder, Bathroom and central staircase. The upper level includes an open plan Living, Dining and Kitchen, Walk in Pantry and Powder. A Master Bedroom wing with Walk in Robe, Ensuite, Rumpus and Study are also provided at this level.
The external materials are earthy and include non-combustible limestone blockwork, naturally fire-resistant timber window and door frames clad in copper, and glass. The palette is subdued in colour, ideally chosen to weather and patina over time to sit in harmony within the coastal bush setting.
Energy Efficiency: To provide privacy to the street, the upper level façade and central North and East facing deck is screened by vertical timber battens which will also help prevent solar heat gain. The Ground floor, Level 1 and the roof are timber framed allowing suitable thermal insulation to be provided. Ample openable windows will enable cross ventilation to cool the building in Summer. A solar array is proposed on the roof, with 2 water tanks also provided. The design is compact and efficient in its spatial planning.