The clients of the Southern Tablelands House dreamed of a country home that they could eventually retire in. They loved the outdoors and wanted a home that responded to the country setting and the working farms that surrounded them. Their property was nestled on a hilltop with 360 degree views of Wildes Meadow but sadly was uninspired by a dreary existing house on the site. The original home was demolished in favour of a modern home that had the flavour of a country property with clean, functional spaces that could accommodate groups as small as two and as large as they needed. Our design focused on the vernacular of the working farm with simple concrete pavers and ponds giving way to extensive lawns and dry stack stone walls that ran for hundreds of metres around the home. The exaggerated roof design with the simple pergola was for both effect and function: capturing rain water to feed large scale tanks on the Eastern façade. Precise use of windows both fixed and operable allowed us to bring the design of external paved and pond features into the internal experience of the home. The home was easy to maintain between visits and successfully used robust and simple materials to deal with varying winter and summer temperatures.

Environmental Features

  • Cross ventilation paths through the home.
  • Concrete slab for thermal mass passive heating and cooling.
  • Overhangs to block harsh summer sun.
  • Water tanks feeding entire household.