This design removes an existing single-storey 3-bedroom suburban whare and introduces a 4–5 bedroom, two-storey whare to the front of the site, a single-storey small whare to the middle and a 4-bedroom (including mezzanine) two-storey whare to the rear. With this increased density, the site is able to easily accommodate 16 whanau members permanently within the three new whare.
All three whare are arranged around a communal grassed area and covered outdoor area. Care has been taken to keep vehicular access and parking (x4) to the south and separated from outdoor play areas. In achieving this, vehicles are able to turn around safely on site, avoiding the potential for driveway accidents.
North and west-facing roofed patios on the rear whare allow for sheltered circulation while all dining areas look out to the large north-facing grassed courtyard. While design emphasis has been placed on encouraging communal outdoor activity, both major whare maintain sunny private outdoor withdrawal areas.
Raised bed gardens and fruit trees help to maximise the productive use of yard areas while allowing easy supervision of open space / tamariki play areas.
The small whare would be suitable for grandparents or a young couple, or equally for a sole parent who is able to receive whanau support while maintaining a level of independence.
The provision of four-bedroom, three-bedroom plus mezzanine, and one bedroom whare in this design provides flexibility in accommodating large extended whanau groups and for changing occupancies over time as whanau and member needs and circumstances change.