In this set of posts, we take you through the process of designing and building a modern, contemporary home. Throughout the series, we’ll be providing tips and advice on how to work with your design and build team to create your custom dream home.
In ten words or less, describe the Oasis model
Sleek design with open layout, tons of outdoor space and contemporary finishes.
What was the brief provided by the client and why did they choose to work with SEED Homes?
The client was looking for a high performance, contemporary home that had environmental sustainability at its core. They came to us because they loved the design of the home and because of our quality build standard, which is much higher than competitors’.
What are the top three things people need to figure out before employing an architect or designer?
The size of their lot and building footprint for the property. Also, their budget and the timeline – when they need or want the build to be completed by.
Can you explain the different stages of the Oasis design process and how you came up with the final design?
We designed the Oasis based directly on feedback and inquiries from clients. People were coming to us wanting an open floor plan, with first and second-floor master suites and finished outdoor space on all levels. But they’re also looking for a high-performance home with unique design and character. We combined all of these elements to create the Oasis.
Tell us about some of the key features of the Oasis model that set it apart from other custom built homes.
With the Oasis, we really tried to create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living. For example, there’s an outdoor chimney with a barbecue grille that’s integrated into the design of the property. We also designed long balconies to run along three sides of the home. Inside, the double-height lounge with linear fireplace really creates a sense of space and brings in tons of natural light.
As well as the aesthetic features, we also designed the Oasis as a home to last. For example, we used a Nichiha fibre-cement siding for the exterior cladding that has the appearance of Rough Cut Cedar, but with added durability and without any of the maintenance. Throughout the build we used durable materials, high-end custom finishes, and built in smart technologies to create a true high-performance home.
We’re also getting independent verification by the LEED for Homes scheme and targeting Platinum accreditation. This is the highest LEED rating and means that the home is super energy-efficient and low-cost to run.
The tagline for the Oasis model is ‘Building for Generations’. What does this mean to you and how have you developed the Oasis design to achieve this?
This is really the tagline for our entire process and all of our work. We believe that homes should be built to last, so we design our models for both current and future generations, in a forward thinking manner. We use current best practice construction methods, even if that isn’t required by local codes and even if it costs us more to do so. There is no compromise over quality.
What are the key trends you see emerging in contemporary home design over the next few years?
The biggest trend is in smart home application technology. It shouldn’t just be catchy, but be practical, easy-to-use, and adaptable and flexible over time. It’s great to have a ‘smart fridge’ that communicates with you via text. But it’s more important to have a smart flood detector and smart smoke detector (such as the Nest Protect or Birdi smart air monitor) that alerts you if there is an emergency in your home. The technologies on the market today could literally save your life.
What’s your number one tip for people who are considering building their own contemporary home?
Try to stay within a set budget that leaves you with a comfortable cushion. You will sleep better at night and still get a great home.
If you’d like more information on the Oasis, or any other SEED models, please get in touch. Next month, we’ll be looking in more detail at the process of building a high-performance home.