the open houseContemporary Deck, Sydney
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17. Location: Alexandria, NSWWhy we love it: Squeezing in a house on a narrow block can make bringing in natural light a challenge. Not so with this design.
Can I build an interior courtyard above ground level?“It is more challenging to achieve internal courtyards on levels other than the ground level of a house, but not impossible,” says Sidoti. He recommends people carefully consider waterproofing and drainage as well as structural implications of any planter beds no later than at the initial design phase.“If these are not considered at design stage with the structural engineer and architect together, it is often too difficult to incorporate at a later stage,” he says. “Deep planting also imposes substantial loads on building structures. Don’t leave it until the end to decide where you want to do planting on upper levels – it may be too late, and you want healthy vegetation.”
Husk chair The Husk chair (seen here to the right) combines a hard shell with soft cushions in a form that is both inviting and comfortable. It has been designed to be unique in its own right, while also complementing even the most classic sofa. In bright or subtle colours the chair still pops with personality, and recycled and recyclable materials reduce its environmental impact.
Rule 9: Thou shalt not steal thy neighbour’s daylightThe regulation: ‘54.04-3 Standard A12 – Daylight to existing windows regulation 416’This standard states that buildings opposite an existing habitable room window should provide for a light court to the existing window that has a minimum area of 3 square metres and minimum dimension of 1 metre clear to the sky. It also states that walls or carports more than 3 metres in height opposite an existing habitable room window should be set back from the window at least 50 per cent of the height of the new wall, if the wall is within a 55 degree arc from the centre of the existing window. Translation: You need to allow light into your neighbour’s existing windows. In order to do this, you must provide a minimum area of 3 metres square with 1 metre clear to the sky around your neighbour’s window. This area can be calculated from either yours or your neighbour’s property. Solution: Create courtyard and garden spaces similar to the standard before. This will allow light not only into your neighbour’s windows but also into your own.
A CONTEMPORARY EXAMPLE: A void within this Sydney terrace is designed to be an internal courtyard completely secluded from neighbours. Light filters through the void, while concertina glass doors truly blur the lines between indoor and outdoor space.
The magical sliding screen for inside/outside Sliding screens are a great way to open rooms onto other rooms, not only doubling the size of the space but in the case of this house, bringing the outside in. This small side courtyard is situated adjacent to a hallway that acts as a thoroughfare, however, when the sliding doors are open, an extra internal room is created. The open ceiling acts as a large skylight allowing the outdoor elements such as greenery, sun and the moonlight to enter. The sliding glass doors fold back onto each other and stack neatly on one wall allowing the full space to be used.TIP: This flexible space is successful because the floor level of the courtyard is the same as that of the inside of the house, allowing the furniture placement to overlap without a step.Learn more about this house
Seating nookIf space is too tight for a sofa or dining table, opt for a couple of comfortable chairs and coffee table instead.Barwon chair: Eco Outdoor
When one of Richardson’s cousins saw the house, she couldn’t believe it. “There’s a tree in the house!” she said.There’s even space for a patch of lawn for the kids beyond the rear deck, and a garage – essential in inner-city suburbs where street parking can be hard to find.