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Margaret River townhouses turning heads

​A creative design to maximise yield for a small, narrow site

A new Department of Housing development of townhouses completed in Margaret River is attracting positive comment in the community with its impressive design and quality.
 
The development is built on a long, thin strip of land where an old fibro house once stood. As the site had been re-zoned, a higher yield of housing was required. Site conditions, reactive clay soil, economy of construction, council limitations, and the configuration of the dwellings on the site were all factors that challenged the Department’s Country Housing team in completing this project successfully.
 
The Department worked with Broadhurst & Bott Architects and builders Ietto West Developments on the project.Through creative design and working closely and effectively with the architects and builders, the Department has delivered four one-bedroom and one two-bedroom townhouses on the small site.
 
Numerous people who live in the area have asked the builder if the homes were for sale and what they cost to build, a credit to the architectural design and the builder’s workmanship.
 
The townhouses were orientated with the living room and bedroom windows, veranda and courtyard to the north side of the block to maximise natural lighting and give consideration to energy efficient housing design principles.  The design has helped the development achieve a five star energy rating in a difficult climate zone.
 
Site contours required the units to be stepped down the site with level access to carports and front entries, and special consideration was also required for ecological disposal of stormwater into the council drainage system.
 
The development is being managed by the Department’s Bussleton office and tenants were selected from both the waiting and priority lists.

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