The Big Cottage

Bob Burnett Bob Burnett Architecture
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  • Floor size 370
  • Year completed 2021
  • Location Ilam
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  • Photos Kate Claridge


Project Description

Owners Vickie and John took as their inspiration a 1909 Bungalow on Fendalton Road called Los Angeles House and Japanese Minka Houses to create The Big Cottage The result is a modern reinterpretation of the Californian bungalow style but also with significant Japanese influence. The home incorporates timeless and enduring architecture, with the addition of the latest building technologies and techniques to create a comfortable, energy-efficient, sustainable home. The sloping stone and timber walls and a sweeping roofline ground the building. The floor plan is completely different to a bungalow. The Japanese influence to the planning is evident with no hallway. Spaces flow from one to another, eliminating passageways and avoiding waste space. Shoji sliding doors allow the space to be opened up or closed down depending on the desired usage from time to time. PROJECT PARTICIPANTS Owners: Vickie and John Builder: Dan Saunders Construction Architecture: Bob Burnett Architecture Engineer: Davis Ogilvie Walls: EcoPanel Insulation: Terra Lana Weathertightness and airtightness: Proclima SUPERHOME FEATURES + Super-insulated thermal bridge free construction + Warm roof, Gerard shingles over PIR insulation + CLT Cross Laminated Timber roof panels + EcoPanel Walls + Airtightness of 0.6 ach + Windows: triple glazed uPVC + Renewable energy: Solar PV and batteries + Rainwater and greywater recycling