How to achieve an architectural home design on a modest budget

Cedar cladding, a large double-height living space and a strong uncomplicated lines are features of this new home in a bush setting
Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Kelk Photography
Referring to this pared-back residence, house designer Cameron architecture, ceiling, countertop, house, interior design, kitchen, real estate, window, wood, white
Referring to this pared-back residence, house designer Cameron Grindlay says you have to work harder to make a simple design look elegant compared to busier styles.

The complex balancing act between meeting a budget and your quality of home and lifestyle starts right from the outset. When architectural designer Cameron Grindlay drew up the plans for this home he engaged a quantity surveyor to ensure the design was affordable, and so viable.

"The budget influenced the evolution of this house in several ways," says Grindlay. "The bush-covered site is a generous 3000m2 but the ground slopes away steeply, with only about 400m2 of buildable land in the area where the owners wanted the home."

With feasibility assured, Grindlay designed the home's garage area to sit on a concrete slab on the buildable area, but set much of the rest of the home on poles. This was not just an affordable construction method, it also allowed for sheltered storage space under the house.

"Designing an architectural house on a close budget requires strategic choices along the way. Part of the principal here was to spend more on prominent features and slightly less where things were of a lower emphasis," says Grindlay. "The warm-look cedar cladding was not cheap, but it sets up the character of the whole home, not to mention being in keeping with the setting. Balancing this natural surface, we used affordable black metal roofing material on the street-facing facade and in a different treatment on the double-garage door."

The house is set well back from the street and while the garage end is the first glimpse you have of the home, when you're actually there and out on the generous deck it's the cedar-clad, articulated side of the home that's on show.

advertisement

From this homes side entry, the interior steps ceiling, floor, flooring, home, interior design, wall, white
From this homes side entry, the interior steps up slightly to the bedrooms loosely following the lay of the land.

Another leading aspect of this house is the window design and the glazing itself.

"The windows were an important part of the design, look and function of the home. With such large expanses of glass, we had to be savvy about heat control. As a result, the window systems feature above-spec thermally broken frames, and Low-E double glazing."

Grindlay says the close attention to design detail further animates the facade. Elements like having windows stepped in from the cedar or a full-height run of vertical cladding separating glazing panels all adds interest.

The driving concept of spending most of the budget where it will have the biggest impact is continued inside. The airy double-height living, dining and kitchen space is the hub of the home and so is naturally where the most time is spent.

"It required additional reinforcing to achieve this grand double-volume space, including the use of steel portals. This is all hidden away in the walls except for one point where it surfaces outside, under the roof line. In that instance, we clad the structural beam in cedar, so it disappears completely keeping the cladding simple in cedar and black metal."

This home by Dwelling Architectural Design takes its architecture, backyard, cottage, facade, farmhouse, home, house, property, real estate, siding, yard, white
This home by Dwelling Architectural Design takes its material cues from the surrounding landscape.

And the cedar cladding is celebrated on the inside too, with boards rising right up to the ceiling in the double-height living space.

The kitchen is a feature within the living space and is finished in warm plywood and white laminate to connect with the surroundings.

"White and wood are predominant colours in this space with so much colour beyond the windows it was better to leave the interiors understated, to bring the outdoors in."

The architectural designer's heating solution for the home was another economical measure.

"We considered a heat pump but in the end decided upon an over-size woodburner for the living area with a wetback next to it," Grindlay says. "The system is linked to radiators in the modest bedrooms."

Oct 25, 2017

Credit list

Builder
C & J Building
Cladding
Cedar weatherboards and Dimond LT7
Window joinery
Thermally broken, aluminium, from Design Windows
Heating
Metro Xtreme Rad with wetback to control system and radiators
Benchtop
Tristone solid surface acrylic, from McGrath Benchtop Solutions
Sink
Franke, from Oakleys Plumbing Supplies
Oven, induction cooktop, rangehood, dishwasher
Fisher & Paykel
Kitchen manufacturer
Lifestyle Kitchens
Roof
Dimond LT7
Wallcoverings
Gib board, plywood, vertical-dressed cedar
Kitchen cabinets
Laminate and plywood
Splashback
Window
Taps
Dorf, from Oakleys Plumbing Supplies
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)

advertisement

advertisement

advertisement

advertisement

Similar stories

Valley home opens up to the landscape

This contemporary, light-filled home almost seems to rise out of the surrounding Southern Californian landscape Read more

Feminine or Masculine? Take your pick!

With its latest pair of showhomes, GJ Gardner set out to do something a bit different. If you head down to Papamoa, you'll find two competing designs and an interesting competition Read more

Want to give your home character and warmth? Consider the New Ambience range

Plytech's Ambience range can be used anywhere from office interiors, lounges and commercial spaces, to rumpus rooms and garages Read more

Latest books

Fowler Homes

These high-quality homes proudly designed and built by Fowler Homes are just the starting point for your own inspiration. They reflect the latest and best  ideas, materials and technologies to benefit your own home Read more

Home Trends 3402

Placing the kitchen at the heart of a home is not just about creating a convenient zone for easy food preparation and eating meals.Just as important is the way it's seen as an attractive place where family can spend time togeth... Read more

Home Trends 3307

While we might all have ideas for the home design that we want, consulting a good architect or designer will also open us up to other design possibilities that we haven't thought of.To help get you started on creating the home ... Read more

Related profiles

Warmup

Established in South Africa in 1983, Warmup has grown into an international company providing quality underfloor heating solutions to homes and businesses worldwide. Read more

Louvretec New Zealand Ltd

Explore Louvretec's signficant range of Opening Louvre Roofs, airfoil shaped Sun Louvre Systems, Window Shutters, Window Blinds, weather board shaped Louvreline Panels and Gates, Fences and Screens and Outdoor Blinds ... Read more

Heirloom International Ltd

Heirloom International is a long established and leading manufacturer and distributor of bathroom products. Read more