Phoenix rising new home on previous dwelling by Richard Furze

New home on previous dwelling by Richard Furze
Story by: Justin Foote
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This new house was designed by Richard Furze of Richard Furze design. View of the lounge with a large sliding doors, a wooden deck and large stepping stones through the garden.

Renovate or detonate' is a term most often associated with properties where added value, in a financial sense, can be made either way. The decision will depend on who buys the property.

Sometimes however, the decision ends up being made for us, says Richard Furze, principal of Richard Furze Design.

"Initially I was approached by the owner of this property with a view to renovating the existing, 20-year-old house. Unfortunately, an assessment showed that there was some serious structural deterioration and the project became a new build.

"On a positive note, the build enabled us to maximise the 433m² site to create a spacious, four-bedroom home, with an easy indoor-outdoor flow and energy efficiency built in."


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This new house was designed by Richard Furze of Richard Furze design. View here of the lounge and kitchen and dining area through the sliding doors onto the deck. There is a couch visible as well as a few chairs and a dining table.

Much of the original landscaping was retained, as was the majority of the foundation. Decking to the side of the structure was raised to sit flush with the interior floor, creating a more comfortable space, which can be opened up for group entertaining.

Externally, the house reads as a series of volumes with a strong linear design that is moderated by the mix of cladding materials and decking, as well as the soft landscaping.

Inside, built-in technologies have been utilised to create a sleek, clean-lined aesthetic, which emphasises the overall space. A mix of infrared and pressure sensors controls the lighting, and automated blinds mitigate the effect of solar gain.

Energy efficiency is achieved through the use of compact fluorescents and LED lighting, as well as double-glazed UV glass.

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This new house was designed by Richard Furze of Richard Furze design. Shown here is the entrance to the house with a wooden deck and also a garden in the fore ground.

"Working together, the architecture and technology create a low-stress environment in which to live," says Furze.

"The success of the end result lies in the fact that we've achieved an overall liveable house, that has added value to my client's lifestyle."

Oct 28, 2011

Credit list

Builder
Wayne Davies Builders
Landscape designer
Tiling
Mobile Ceramics
Wall linings
Elephant Board
Lighting
Modular from Modus Lighting
Window and door hardware
Home automation
Lab Cubed
Splashback
Back-painted glass from Glass Trends
Oven, cooktop and dishwasher
Miele, available from Kitchen Things
Refrigeration
Fisher & Paykel, available from Kitchen Things
Kitchen manufacturer
Cladding
Vertical shiplap and bevel-backed weatherboards from Hermpac; Plaster cladding from Hitex
Flooring
Norman Ellison carpet and Wood Works timber flooring from Bee-Jay Carpets
Paints and varnishes
Doors and windows
Vantage from Lancer Aluminium
Blinds
Leigh-Jackson
Benchtops
Granite Workshop
Taps
Tahi by Methven
Ventilation
Asko, available from Kitchen Things
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