With every finished home, every inch of feedback and every ounce of passion; we improve.
Our founders believe that form follows function and at Imagine Kit Homes, our focus is on designing simply stunning homes that really work. Backed by a team of architects who never settle for second best, our designs are packed with value and family friendly architecture that will make you glad you didn’t just build a normal home, but used your imagination!
Our Houses are Designed to Maximise the use of the Natural Environment
Imagine Kit Homes is committed to designing homes that strive to respect the natural environment through the use of environmentally sustainable design principles.These design principles, such as maximising northerly orientation, capturing prevailing breezes or incorporating thermal mass, all strive to promote year round comfort without excessive energy consumption. Depending in which climatic zone your home is located there are appropriate and cost effective design strategies which will reduce your home’s carbon footprint. We appreciate that every project has its own set of functional and budgetary challenges, however, we believe there is always an opportunity to ensure that the project contributes to a more sustainably built environment.
Below are some of the Principles We Adhere to:
The land is the house
Use the available land in its entirety, from boundary to boundary, and make every part of the site add to the residents’ lifestyle.
Reduce the carbon footprint
Apply ecologically sustainable principals that incorporate climate control, rainwater harvesting and energy efficient design.
Create a range of visual elements that reflect the unique time and place of the estate and incorporate an iconic quality that evokes significant emotional responses and associations.
Make the land and all its aspects available for the residents to experience and enjoy.
Zone the living environment
Provide a zoned living environment that allows both privacy and interaction.
Deliver an affordable product
Deliver the product in a cost effective package that is both saleable and buildable, and uses readily available technology.
Make the most of the climate
Ultilise all the aspects the climatic cycle has to offer and provide structures that allow residents to manipulate the environment to suit their lifestyle.
Provide appropriate transitions from communal street areas to private residence areas, while considering community safety and household security.
Continue to refine, develop, diversify and improve the product through interaction with the marketplace.
Desirable Living Environments for Houses that overlook rural landscapes, Bodies of Water or Golf Courses.
Generally, properties that overlook rural, water or golf course settings command design principals that deliver grand residences with superior finishes. The internal spaces of these houses are often large, dynamic and open, designed to take advantage of the surroundings, and have retreat areas that tend to be private and segregated.
The abundance of living area enjoyed by these homes does not, however, mean that space should be wasted, nor does it mean that the home should become less functional or that climatic and security concerns should be overlooked.
When creating the Avalon, Imagine Kit Homes incorporated a number of elements designed to fully utilise spaces within the home to create a truly desirable living environment. The Avalon has a well defined transition from public to private space between the footpath and the home, followed by a separate, secure transitional space that leads to the front door, giving the house a grand entrance. An expansive vista runs from the secured space at the front door right through to the dining and lounge areas, then to the outdoor pool and to the landscape beyond. Coupled with three-metre high ceilings, the effect is dramatic.
In other versions of this home, such as the Portifino, the ceilings throughout the entry, dining and lounge areas have been vaulted to a height of five metres, further enhancing the effect.
The Modern Kitchen Requires Good Design and Clever detailing to provide space for appliances and areas for cooking and storage.
A design that hides these elements away, leaving a series of clean lines and smooth surfaces, can be the most visually effective. Aluminium can accentuate good design and when used as edging on veneered or lacquered doors can create a striking result. Aluminium also adds a contemporary look to opaque glass and acrylic doors
Horizontal by design is another feature of the contemporary kitchen. The use of wide low wall cabinets with lift up doors can make storage easier to access, whilst wide drawers with integrated specialised dividers and steel runners are convenient to use and provide excellent organised storage spaces.
Colour can be used to create visual warmth, especially through the use of coloured, back-painted glass splashbacks, which allow an individual touch. High textured wood grain finishes in rich strong grains, burnt oranges, reds and some greys can also bring kitchen designs to life and create visual interest.
The Principles of Ergonomics should be considered and include the use of varying bench top heights to cater for different uses and functions, as well as installing raised dishwashers to allow ease of use.
Lighting has become an integral part of kitchen design, especially through illuminating preparation areas with feature lights and creating ambience with subtle shades of colour.
The use of solid surface bench tops including hygienic acrylic and quartz based materials allow modern streamline preparation areas in the kitchen. The kitchen space is the communal space, it is the hub of the living areas and should therefore be fluid with the rest of the house.
Designing Homes for small sites is a specialised skill that Imagine Kit Homes has mastered.
By properly zoning living functions within small lot home designs, spacious, livable and environmentally adaptable residences can be achieved. Many of the basic principals of small lot living are demonstrated below in the planning and design concepts for the Pacific Beach, a design that has been in the range since 2002 and is proving as popular as ever with homebuyers.
The planning concept clearly shows how the zoning of functions has been considered, allowing living areas to be aligned on the northerly aspect to take advantage of climatic benefits. The garage and sleeping areas have been configured on the southerly side and the main bedroom opens out onto the rear garden and lawn area, creating a private retreat.
The design concept illustrates how living areas can be extended from the front door right through to the rear fence, producing a spacious and very livable home environment.
Adaptable Housing – Homes for Now and The Future
Adaptable houses are designed to be accessible for everybody, irrespective of age, mobility and health status.The concept of ‘adaptable housing’ is based around the idea that a house can be modified with minimal cost to suit the changing needs of its residents.
Owners of adaptable homes will generally find that the resale value of their property increases. This is due to the fact that the modifications made to the home allow it to accommodate a wider variety of people and adaptable housing principles can be incorporated into a home’s design at very affordable rates – for as little as 2% of the construction costs.
Here at Imagine Kit Homes we recognise the importance of accommodating the needs of an aging population and are currently designing a specific group of homes to cater for this market.
If you’d like to find out more about our range of adaptable housing designs, simply contact the Imagine Kit Homes team