Form and function
This is an excerpt from an article in Sanctuary magazine issue 19.
Balance, harmony, sustainability and self-sufficiency are the principles behind the design of this rammed earth and timber New South Wales coastal home.
Words Sasha Shtargot
Photography Simon Whitbread
You wouldn’t think a house in idyllic Charlotte Bay on the New South Wales mid-north coast needed much more to make it balanced and harmonious. Architect Ian Sercombe thought otherwise.
Ian, his wife Kate and their seven-year-old daughter Sage moved into their new three-bedroom rammed earth and timber home last year after 18 months of construction. Located in a tranquil hamlet between Newcastle and Port Macquarie and constructed with the help of a small group of tradespeople, the 256 square metre house and home office on a 2.5 hectare block is cleverly designed to make passive use of the plentiful mid-north coast sunshine and prevailing north-east breezes. The house faces north and is long and narrow, ensuring all the main rooms are well ventilated in summer. Eaves prevent direct summer sun entering the house; external shutters provide shade to windows on the east and west sides; and removable shade sails on a pergola control sunlight to the northern deck, stopping heat bouncing from the deck into the home.
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