Joe Kovacs Architect
Murrumbeena House: A new look homestead style
    A New Look Homestead Style

This modest sized four bedroomed house with two living areas sits on a small unusually shaped corner block that has an outlook onto two adjacent parklands.

The owners wanted a house which was not going to look like a project home, or be an austere steel and glass edifice.

My design composition responded to the geometry of the block resulting in a juxtapositioning of two separated triangular roofs as the formal identity marker of the house. The wraparound veranda, an essential aspect of the traditional Australian homestead style, provides shelter on three sides.
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My Passion
           A Courtyard Theme

A small 327m2 irregular site with laneway access is a unique setting for this two bedroomed house with attic studio, arranged as a series of internal spaces along a progression of external courtyards.

Our design evolved around a mature oak tree, which became a focal point of the shaded entry courtyard.

Split leveling of the house, made possible by the slope in the land has resulted in a dynamic spacial experience.
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