Era Destino 2024

House Notes – Era Destino

The Mount Lawley Residence project has involved converting a 1970’s Italian house into a reinterpreted mid-century modern style family home.

Our alterations started with the replacement of the roof, with raised ceiling to the kitchen and dining area with new north facing highlights to increase the natural light reaching the heart of the home.

The new design keeps the underground garage and transform the adjacent room into a guest suite, complete with bathroom, laundry, and living area.

The upper floor only required only some minor floor plan alterations which included the removal of a wall between the existing kitchen and dining area to make one open plan space. The walk through walk in robe was bricked up so access was now only from the main bedroom and not the bathroom. Finally a bathroom/laundry area on the back of the kitchen was removed with a new ensuite being added to the front of the main bedroom. The ensuite addition also allowed for the transformation of the front elevation.

The existing tiled roof did not allow enough solar panels to be installed and the pitched roof design is dated. A new flat roof design was adopted and this allowed for 72 solar panels to be installed along with pool heating. The ceiling to the kitchen and dining was raised to 1.3m above the existing 2.7m high ceilings and this allowed for four Velux Skylights to be added as highlight windows. The ceiling extends out over the existing rear concrete deck and where the existing laundry was to create a grand alfseco with 4m high ceilings. Another three large Velux Skylights allow winter sun to penerate into this area. They also open in summer to create airflow. A bank of bifold doors open up the entire kitchen and dining zone to the alfresco. Highlight windows above these bifolds along with the Velux highlights to the Kitchen/Dining zone, allow breezes to pass through this space freely. During the night both sets of highlights may be kept open mainatining airflow and security. Air passing thorugh this zone purges the whole home of heat and along with ceiling fans they negate the use of airconditioning on hot nights. And of course the entire home was converetd to electric with 72 solar PV panels and a 13kw battery supplying power to the home.

Sustainability Features

Years Open
2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
    • Electric Vehicle Type
    • Tesla
    • Window Protection:
    • Adjustable Shading
      Automation/controls
      Blinds
      Eaves
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • The majority of existing brickwork and concrete was retained thus substantially reducing the carbon footprint of the initial build. All of the windows have more than adequate sun shading and where they don't, external blinds have been fitted. i.e. east facing kitchen and dining windows. Hydronic underfloor heating is installed to provide an energy efficient solution to heating, and ducted airconditioning for the hottest of days. Ceiling fans provide cooling for the majority of summer. 72 solar PV panels and batteries cover the running of hydronic heating and airconditioning.
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Bricks
      Concrete
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • 4.0
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 260
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Double brick
      Lightweight construction (timber frame)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Bi Fold
      Casement
      Clerestory windows
      Double glazing
      Double hung
      Skylights
      Sliding windows/doors
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 3
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Recycle
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Cross flow ventilation
Location
Mt Lawley WA 6050
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Renovation
    • Designer
    • Ecohabit

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