The BriefA house big enough for the three children to bring their families to stay.
A garage for the vehicles and boat, is not to overpower the house in size.
Installation of floor heating water pipes, for future installation of a water heating system.
Installation of ducting for future photo voltaic panels.
Passive solar design featuresA heat sink in the family and dining areas - the tiled concrete floor absorbs solar heat and releases it slowly in the evening as the air temperature cools.
All bedrooms have windows on the north side of the house for heat gain during winter months.
The roof overhang is at a high level allowing winter sun onto the tiled floor slab (heat sink).
140mm thick exterior wall framing allows high rated wall insulation.
Passive ventilationThe living areas, and two bedrooms have windows to north and south allowing through-ventilation.
Shading in summer from the 1.2m overhang.
A higher ceiling level and high level windows in the living area prevent heat build-up in summer, although this will take more energy to heat in winter.
SustainableA wood pellet fire in the family area.
Allows choice to later select a water heating system which is sustainable and has low running costs for the hydronic floor heating.
Conduits have been installed prior to lining the garage, for the future installation of photovoltaic panels.
Undertile electric floor heating is installed in tiled areas for use when the PV panels are generating power.
AccessibleDoor sills are flush with the floor.
Manoeuvring space in one bedroom and the spacious ensuite.
Ensuite has extra framing for future fitting of handrails.
Wide entry in to the living area and to bedrooms. Paving can easily be ramped at the exterior.
"... competent, professional, friendly, and good to deal with"
" When we first approached Sandra to draw up plans for our new home we had a few ideas in mind on the style of home we wanted. It would have a mono pitch roof, have high ceilings in the lounge and living areas, and attached to the house was to be a garage large enough to accommodate our boat and other vehicles. We gave Sandra an idea on the size of the rooms we wanted, and an idea of the layout we thought would work for us, and left her to design our plan. The plan she drew up was pretty much what we wanted, and we only made minor changes.
Over all, we found Sandra to be very competent, professional, friendly, and good to deal with. She had a lot of good suggestions and ideas that we probably wouldn't have thought of. We would not hesitate to recommend her services to others. We are very pleased and satisfied with her work, and are really enjoying living in our lovely new home. "
Kevin and Faye Thompson