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Nov 12, 2022
Clare Ryan STM Comments Share to Facebook Copy the Link Not only did architect Matt Delroy-Carr design and site manage his new family home, he had to jump on the tools. “Running the build and running my business was a little challenging, and during the last six months of the build I couldn’t find any tradies, so I got to work,” says Delroy-Carr. “We aimed to have the house finished by April, and then July, and August came around, and then we finally moved in in October.” The two-storey home sits on a quiet laneway, away from the hustle and bustle of the main roads. “There’s fantastic amenity in the form of parks and nature reserves and it’s a wonderfully family-oriented suburb,” explains Delroy-Carr, of MDC Architects, who lives with his wife, Vanessa Edwards, and their two children, Finn and Sol. Although built on a small block, the house feels spacious and open. The “buildable” lot area (minus a narrow garden walkway) is 315sqm, making the relationship between the garden and living spaces a priority. Camera Icon The interplay between the inside of the house and the garden was a priority on the small block. Credit: Lajos Varga/MDC Design “The house is only 7m deep, so the garden and the house are the same size to add depth. There’s nothing worse than having a sliver of garden at the front of your house,” he explains. The layout of the carbon-negative home is designed around its northern orientation, maximising passive solar access and cross ventilation. “The idea was to spend most of the budget on the north-facing area of the house because that’s where we’ll spend most of our time and where the sun hits,” he explains. Downstairs are the main living, dining and kitchen areas and a 5.7m void. Upstairs are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Camera Icon The home uses timber and exposed bricks for a warm, homely feeling. Credit: Lajos Varga/MDC Design “We’ve moved into a house that’s half the size of where we were previously living in and a block size that’s a quarter of the size of where we were before,” he laughs. The home takes many cues from rural styles of architecture. Exposed materials include tumbled bricks, timber cladding and natural timber veneers. Internally, the spaces are warmed and made homely through the use of natural timber veneers and exposed timber beams. “I love the whole ground floor. Although each of the spaces are relatively small, they all have a differing characteristic and feel; from the active and very rich kitchen, to the beautifully bright double-height dining space and through to the quiet and cosy lounge room,” he explains. Recycled pieces of furniture, including a dining table made by his mum, and indoor plants, complement the natural feel of the spaces. “Whilst the finishes of the house are quite raw, we’ve tried to ensure the space is styled to be somewhat minimal, though quite tactile,” he says. Delroy-Carr will be a guest speaker at the Melville Contemporary Architecture & Sound Sessions today, Sunday, November 13 —a celebration of the hidden architectural gems across the City of Melville. Visit melvillecity.com.au/architecturesessions
Smart Design Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When was Smart Design founded?
Smart Design was founded in 1999.
Where is Smart Design's headquarters?
Smart Design's headquarters is located at 60, Rue Saint Andre des Arts, Paris.
What is Smart Design's latest funding round?
Smart Design's latest funding round is Seed.
How much did Smart Design raise?
Smart Design raised a total of $2.15M.
Who are the investors of Smart Design?
Investors of Smart Design include 3i Group.
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