Competition Entry for My Ideal House
Australian House & Garden Magazine and Mirvac Developers
The ideal house should adapt to your lifestyle, family circumstances, provide a place to live and if necessary a place to work. A place to expand or retreat, and if desired a place to share or let out.
Our idea for the Ideal House was not one house but ultimately two in a dual key arrangement. It is designed such that the owner(s) can initially build only what they need and what they can afford. It’s expanded through future additions and therefore able to be adapted to the needs of the occupants
The Ideal House has three modules:
The Main Wing provides everything desired of a generous home; living, dining, kitchen, study/media alcove, a bathroom/ensuite, and store but with 2 bedrooms. Its entry is via a porch next to the main stair, and includes a Vestibule – providing a dual key entry from which the house and studio pinwheel.
The Bedroom Wing provides an extra bedroom, and bathroom, and converts the carport into a lock-up garage.
The Studio contains a kitchennette which can be fitted with an additional laundry and an adaptable bathroom allowing the studio to be used for the elderly, disabled, or for compliance with the BCA for formal office use.
Imagine a young couple building a house for their future. They have big plans, but not a big bank balance or loan capacity. They build Redshift’s (My) Ideal House, just the first module: generous living, laundry, 2 storeys, 2 bedroom plus study nook and carport. It’s all they can afford, but it’s also all they need. Loved up and baby makes three. Self employed and a close family, business is good so they build the second module. They both can now work from home in their new home office (with separate entry) and the addition forms a substantial courtyard. Oops, timing not great, major downturn in the economy, times are a little tighter than anticipated. No problem, the house can be adapted. They put the rear studio addition up for Air BnB, the dual key entrance makes it ideal for their guests and the extra income is invaluable. Time moves fast in these parts, number two has arrived, their businesses are once again thriving, but sadly grandad has played his final par 3, passed away celebrating a hole-in-one a little too hard. The final module is added to the house. This provides the house with a separate bedroom for both kids and a self-contained granny flat out the back. Gran is delighted to be close to the grandkids and our now middle aged couple enjoy their date nights while gran looks after the kids. Ideal.