Courtyard Home Design
This home on the Gold Coast is designed to look outward to local views, and inward, to a central courtyard.
The mix of photos included are from the construction period, to be updated.
The central court is designed to be completed over time, to suit the occupants’ lifestyles. Options range from :
- leaving the court open to sun, moon and stars, (but also to rain, wind, birds and flies) or simple fixed flyscreen
- low tech seasonal roof, or
- automatic retractable or operable roofs (ranging from canvas roofs, vergolas or full operable insulated roofs) or
- a full fixed roof with highlight windows for light, ventilation and views.
The home wraps around the hidden court to provide privacy for it’s occupants. This also ‘anchors’ the house to the earth. This can assist the thermal comfort of the rooms surrounding.
In summer a shaded court is able to provide a cool place to retreat from sun. In winter the open court can catch midday sun and store this, linking the house to the more constant temperatures of the earth.
It also provides a secure and private play space for a family.
The main deck and living areas face north and are the public face of the home: toward the street and local views. These step down to a rolling landscape in front of the home, to reconnect to a sloping site. The owners designed their own Corten steel balustrade to compliment the deck.
The home functions are simply divided between main living functions, parents wing, and childrens wing. All of which open to the court, with common access from cars and storage areas.
The design of the court recognises that the home is located in a semi-rural area. It is dark at night when the moon isn’t full. The decks are designed with contrasting timber species to highlight steps and edges.
Internally the home is designed with a mix of more typical, modern construction (plasterboard), with single skin construction to selected areas, reminiscent of Queensland’s past.
The main spaces of the home are set up for connection of hydronic heating. Pipes buried in the floor slab are an efficient and sustainable space heating alternative. This can be connected to different heat sources to suit location and budget. It doesn’t take up room in the house like portable heaters, runs more efficiently than air conditioning (depending on the heat source), and doesn’t emit odours of gases in contrast to wood or gas fireplaces.
The floors are then finished with a mixture of carpets and Linoleum (a sustainable alternative to vinyl, which is an oil based product. Lino is made from more natural mix of ingredients and has changed markedly from the product from the 60s and 70s!)
A matching set of recycled doors were sourced for this home, and are featured in different rooms in the house. The oversize doors allow rooms to be opened up to connect to those adjacent, and out to the courtyard.
The fans in key rooms are Big Ass ‘Haiku’ fans. They are more efficient than typical fans, and push more air around the room, with less wobble and noise.
The photos in this post are from during construction.