We have recently bought a block in Tasmania and are in the initial design thought process. While we anticipate getting some professional help, we also want to have an idea of what we want before we start.
Our block is oriented so it is on the low side of the road, moderate slope. The road is on the North border, the ocean views are to the South. There are houses to the East and West and we anticipate maximum widows to the North and South, with minimal windows East and West. There is also a moderate cross slope (West high side).
in order to make the most of the outlook, we are trying to keep the house one habitable room deep, so the major rooms all get the benefit of both Northern light and Southern views.
In order to achieve the above, we were thinking two story, upside down house with open plan kdl upstairs (one big rectangle ~5m x 12-14m). Then two large (~3.5 x 5m) king bedrooms, plus laundry and bathroom downstairs.
The bits I am having trouble with include whether to have a powder room upstairs (obvious advantage, but where to put it, and is it not a bit uncomfortable going to the toilet in the middle of the kdl?). And how to orientate the stairs both in relation to where they enter upstairs and how they depart downstairs in relation to the entrance etc as guests etc will head straight up. I envisage the bedrooms to be at opposite ends of the downstairs.
Thank you anyone who takes the time to try and help.