Wrapping round a sheltered, private open-air space, courtyard homes attract plenty of natural light and connect the indoors with the outdoors at every turn – a great blueprint for this green home.
The homeowners’ brief was for a light-filled, passive-solar home with a strong mixed material palette and fluid links to the outdoor spaces and nature, says designer Janik Dalecki.
“In addition, the design had to offer distinct living zones, so the owners’ children could have a sense of their own space when they are older.”
The home’s emphasis on materiality is seen right from the street, the front facade a pleasing composition of rich, warm timber, dark brick cladding and white render – with the garage in dark steel. Apart from the steel, these surfaces feature in various ways throughout the home, as does the white breeze block of the front fence.
“And it’s the materiality that draws you into the home, as well,” Dalecki says. “The warm timber cladding wraps in under the wall plane to form the soffits. At the front entry, the wood extends right inside the hall, leading the way.”
A few steps inside, the hallway soars up to 2.5 levels in height. As well as creating drama, the lofty proportions allow for large clerestory windows to access the northern light and lighten up what is often the darkest part of a home.