This new home is set to perch on top of the Brigadoon Hills overlooking Bells Rapids & is spoilt for views with a perhaps 270 degree view that includes Walyunga National Park, the Swan Valley, Perth City & up thru the Chittering Valley. Along with these natural assets it was also steep, had significant trees on the site that wanted to shield these views from site. The building envelope was also a tricky element as it wanted the house to be long on the East-West axis, perfect for solar passive design but not for getting those views in from the West as that would be the narrow face of the home. We also needed lots of space for a growing nuclear family with young adults & there partners intent on living it out at home for a bit longer. On top of that universal access needed to be accommodated for another family member. A bucket full of constraints.
In the end we embraced the slope to sail above the natural tree lines, minimised tree removal and limited tree removal to within the building footprint & only what was necessary to manage fire risks. This was enough to get clear views from the upper floor area. We also swung the main bedroom and ensuite around 45 degrees to give them direct facing views of the city skyline, with cracker views from the shower & bath windows. To get the most of the Western views we located the living areas, games room & a quiet reading nook along this face. Also the Alfresco was located on the West to take in the views and try and take out the heat of the setting sun in Summer. The upper floor contains all the accessible places needed for someone with limited mobility and the ground floor area will accommodate the young adults who have not yet left the nest. Why would they it has it's own shared living space and 2 bedrooms with separate vehicle parking, ensuites & deck areas. If and when the area is vacated it will be a perfect self contained unit that can be leased for short term accommodation and generate some extra income for the owner.
All up not a bad outcome and visually an impressive home to live in.