From three schemes to one

We’ve hashed through numerous ideas for a concept on the house, and here are the main three: 

  1. Focus on main living space (kitchen, dining, living) at the rear of the house (west facing)
  2. Split rear living space by a central courtyard
  3. Move main living spaces to front of lot at street to provide activity and embracing of urban setting - this is ultimately what we’ve selected for the basis of the design approach.

Massing Studies

Determining the overall size of the house is a challenge on such a narrow site.  We’ve talked about everything from a narrow tube like open plan to a central courtyard layout that takes advantage of as much morning winter sun as possible.  The adjacent bungalows are fairly low compared to Victorians along other nearby streets, so respecting their scale only adds to the challenge.