RICKARD HOUSE Completed 2017, this 2 storey 4-bedroom family house was completed for a developer who was keen to utilise the Complying Development path (rather than a Development Application) as it was felt this might deliver a better outcome.
Whilst the brief was quite specific about concrete ceilings and timber cladding the form and structure were all to be kept as simple as possible to keep costs down. Great importance was placed on disguising the garage and getting away from the 2-car façade style that all too often dominates our suburbs. Arriving into the house you are greeted with 2 things: a double height space containing the stair and straight opposite, the pool. Being to the north of the house the water bounces great light into both this arrival space and the main living space.
By digging slightly into the land and raising the three back bedrooms to be 5 or so steps above the front part of the house, we were able to achieve 3.5m ceiling heights – which together with the off form concrete ceiling and glass to two walls makes for an enormous living space with great connection to both the garden and the open plan kitchen.
Project Team: Andy Macdonald / Emiliano Miranda
Builder: Vicinity Homes
Engineer: ANH Consulting Engineers
Interiors & Lighting: Ziink Interiors
Council: Canada Bay
(procured as a Complying Development Certificate)