The Easement House
Brief: Suburban Family Home - 3 Bedrooms + Study
Location: Carnegie, Victoria
Architect: Third Skin
Area: 172 sqm + carport & shed
The site is highly compromised by a stormwater easement that runs through the centre and limits the potential construction zone to a 4.5m wide strip against the north boundary and a 1m wide strip to the south boundary. The footings were required to be designed to cope with the unlikely event of easement being excavated by the authority. Only demountable building elements were permitted to be constructed within the easement.
The house has a simple gable form and maximises the site area available for development. A narrow shed runs along the south boundary and a panel roof spans across the easement from the house to the shed. Timber decks within the easement are detailed to allow them to be easily deconstructed if required.
Key features of the project include:
5kW solar arrray
Heat recovery ventilation
Heat pump hot water systems
The house is thermally isolated from the ground and has a hydronically heated screed slab at ground floor level. Despite the site's poor orientation, the design achieves a 7.5 star energy rating.