Can a young family of 4 live comfortably in a 70m2 house? Having recently returned from an around Australia trip in a small caravan, this was the design brief: not as an ancillary dwelling but as a permanent house that would keep their mortgage small and optimise their outdoor garden space. A wonderful challenge to embrace.

One key element was to connect the living area to a large, undercover outdoor area. This visually increased the sense of space as well as doubling their effective entertaining area. With plans to partially enclose the outdoor space with moveable timber screening, there is flexibility in the design to adapt as the family grows.

Internally the entire house is lined with OSB board, adding warmth and character to each zone. Locally milled Redgum was used for the outdoor area ceiling linking the two spaces by materiality. This consistent palette of wood and concrete also helps create a sense of space.
We are looking forward to seeing how this experimental design works for them over the coming years as the trend continues for smaller foot print housing.


Location: Cowaramup
Date: 2019