How do you design a house on traditional Queensland stilts but still make it feel connected to ground? Building on a slope is a good start, and it helps when the client wants to minimise demolition to the existing structure. For DAH Architecture, it was mostly about taking advantage of the elements and the natural atmosphere of the home’s native surrounds.
‘This project is a great example of not needing 12-foot ceilings to produce a serene and comfortable space,’ explains architect David Hansford. DAH Architecture managed to successfully integrate the original house’s street-facing intimacy with the sloping landscape in a minimal renovation.
Air flow is key in sub-tropical climates, and the free-standing dimensions of the original dwelling enhanced the access and influence of natural elements. Slatted panelling coaxes filtered light from all directions, encouraging it to refract and dapple as it enters the living space. Large sliding doors open out on ample deck space which is boxed in by exterior weatherboard slats, rendering the hybrid indoor-outdoor space ‘an homage to the traditional Queenslander sunroom’.
In the end, ‘creating spaces that were unique, interesting and relaxing without compromising on functionality’ has delivered a classic and durable family home with touches of individuality.