We are looking to build a house on a sloping, North facing section in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Being in the southern hemisphere the sun is to the north.
We are a young professional couple planning on having children in the next few years.
The section has rocks quite close to the surface, so a house that minimised digging or a house that sits on piles would be ideal. Please see attached a geotech report that gives an indication of rock depth in different areas.
A site survey of the section is included giving the layout of the section including the heights of the houses in front of it.
It can get quite windy on the section with the prevailing wind coming from the north east.
There is a small reserve on the west side of the section.
We are after a house with living space of around 200-220 square meters (excluding garage and workshop)
We are looking for a cost effective design.
In that we would like:
1 Master bedroom with ensuite and walk in robe
2 Bedrooms close to the master bedroom (childrens rooms)
1 Bedroom that can either be close by the other bedrooms or separate, that can be used as a guest bedroom (if this room is separate then its own ensuite would be desirable)
would like the childrens rooms to be at least 3m x 4m
A bathroom to service the 2/3 other bedrooms, this needs to have a bath and a shower.
A laundry that is not too far from the bedrooms.
1 kitchen (would be nice if this was on the east side to get the morning sun)
2 living areas
1 dining area
1 entrance area
1 standalone toilet near the living areas
1 study (Optional)
would like these living areas to be open plan.
would like a large deck to come off the living areas on the west/north side of the house to enjoy the afternoon sun. The deck will need some shelter from the easterly wind.
Would like a double garage 6m by 6m attached to the house as well as a workshop around 60 square meters, this does not need to be one space with the garage
I have also included a sketchup model of an attempt I had at designed a house on the section.
What I like about it is the sizing of the areas and the separation of the living and sleeping zones.
main dislikes about my design:
the staircase coming from the garage
garage door being near the boundary might make it very awkward
Have attached information on the zoning in the area, the main points are:
house must be 1.8m back from all boundaries (2.2.6)
no living space window can be within 4m of the boundry (2.2.6)
from the ground level the house can not be more than 7m tall (2.2.3)
recession planes (2.2.4)