HOUSE JAMES | Progress by Maker d+a

On site it's all scaffolding for flat roofs and bare naked un-plastered walls at the moment. Foundations are in (Piling and some strip footings), External walls up to wall plate level and floor slabs cast and joints cut. Process upon process, but here's some formal representations for you in white model guise. 

House James | where's it going to by Maker d+a

It's all very sandy at this point, more excavations and piling to happen. But lets see where it all began with some initial design sketches to convey the intention. These are pen and ink drawings with a Copic® colour over. The design changed from these initial ideas but there's a continuity established here that remained, we'll post some of those next time. 

The Design Intent:

Materiality: was a driving theme in this design. Truth to materials and clever arrangement of them to create and at the same time fragment the form, especially along the longer elevation.

Forms: The shorter elevation is characterised by ∆'s on []'s with double pitched roofs on living spaces below. The vehicle housing was conceived as an open car port relating to the main dwelling in form using the same ∆'s but on more open screen type walls to reduce the visual scale. 

Siting: A unique site with only two neighbours and the Goulevan (Old Sugarcane Track) on the North, we attempted to nestle the building within the wedge shaped site, and allow vehicle access to the entry level.

House James | ERF 254 gets going by Maker d+a

House James: After having to secure a Forestry Certificate which delayed the start, the site was fenced off and we commenced this build at Brettenwood Coastal Estate ERF 254

The following images are from the first week on site: