From the very first meeting with our clients, it was clear it was integral that their new home, Lake Wendouree House, was to incorporate environmentally sustainable design principles – specifically Passive House (Passiv Haus) standards. This was a tree change of sorts for this young family who after many years spent in Melbourne’s inner East, decided to return to their home town and with it a different philosophy on how they wanted to live and work. For the Lake Wendouree House we worked in close collaboration with the client and specialist Passive House builder to ensure the architectural vision met the brief on various levels. Another important feature of this project was how the house connected to the garden, from the large south facing picture window catching vistas of Lake Wendouree beyond, the west facing side courtyard with built in bench seat for soaking up the sun, to the double height glazing facing north from the kitchen and dining room, framing views to an gracious old pear tree in the rear yard.
We had worked with Jess before on renovations to our previous house, so didn’t hesitate to give de.arch the task of designing our new family home.
Jess is very easy to work with and really listened to what we wanted in our home. The finished product has exceeded our expectations and is fantastic to live in – It is spacious, light filled, comfortable and practical.
As well as designing a functional floor plan which has multiple connections to our garden, and views from every room, Jess has incorporated lots of architectural details which create a stunning effect overall.