One of our most recent commissions is a small autonomous house on a secluded site near lake Somerset. Essentially a weekender and an occasional holiday retreat for a couple who are keen to escape the city routines. The site already has a very basic house and large shade structure, but instead of a renovation the couple have decided to simply build a brand new house that better suits their needs and takes advantage of the site and surrounds. We presented two options a courtyard scheme and a fully contained square house. Concrete is readily available in the area being very close to Somerset Dam.
The Site Location, 'off grid'
The Courtyard House Option viewed from the North.
The courtyard option viewed from the existing house
The square option viewed from the north.
The square option viewed from the existing house.