Project of the Month - Bonnie Doon House
Our feature project this month is Bonnie Doon House - one of our recently completed projects which captures the true essence of the Australian landscape.
This 4 bedroom country home in Victoria is perched high on the land with an unrivalled outlook to the surrounding countryside. Incorporating passive design features throughout, the home is respectful of its environmental impact and its impact upon its natural surrounds. Damage to the site and negative impacts upon local biodiversity were minimised through using our prefabrication model; the home was constructed in our Laverton facility and then transported to site on a truck.
A large open-plan kitchen, living and dining room provides generous space for the whole family to hang out together. This space features an open fire-place; perfect for the cold wintery nights, warming this secluded refuge. For the balmy summer nights, the living-dining space can be opened out onto the expansive timber deck – perfect for alfresco dining with countryside views.
Bonnie Doon house is strategically positioned to capture panoramic views across almost every angle of the landscape. The living-dining and bedrooms are treated to daily views of the sun setting across the distant hills to the west. The bathroom window perfectly frames this stunning view – best appreciated whilst taking a relaxing bath.
Magical moments are experienced during the ‘golden hour’ before the sun sets, as the whole surrounding countryside glows a golden, almost burnt, orange. The views are breathtaking; reflective of the inherent beauty of the iconic Australian bush landscape.
The home sits looking out over a private dam, passively cooling the immediate surrounds. During summer, the wind swept across the dam brings a welcomed cooling breeze across the deck area, filtering through the windows into the home.
The Bonnie Doon House makes a feature of using sustainably sourced Australian timbers, both internally and externally, to tie this home into its natural landscape. The Victorian Ash board and batten cladding and Tasmanian Oak decking will naturally weather with time, silvering off to create a rusticated effect. The timber is juxtaposed against the vertical Colorbond corrugated sheet cladding, which creates a successful contrast of texture and materiality.
Other sustainable features of this home include a large 4000L water tank for rainwater re-use, double glazed windows, window shading, low VOC paints, high grade insulation to walls, floor and ceiling, efficient water fixtures, and ceiling fans.