• Model of the 'small house for a mid-suburban lot'.

Address unknown, 1949 (unbuilt)

Model photographs, published in the California Arts and Architecture and Australian People magazines in 1950, show a single-storey, butterfly-roofed house on a gently sloping site. The interior was split-level, with the council-required minimum 9-ft ceiling height in all habitable rooms.

The building was to be constructed of timber and glass with a low wall slicing east-west along the floor-level change through the house;  including a sandstone fireplace for the living area and a barbeque beside the entertaining lawn. The maximum allowable floor area of 1,250 sq ft (116 sq m, enclosed) was visually extended by two paved courtyards off the northwest kitchen and southeast main bedroom. The roof included wide overhangs to control sun access from the north and east.

The central lobby, off a stone-paved entry court and carport in the southwest corner of the plan, would have incorporated an open study zone and wardrobe, a short ramp leading north to the open living/dining area, north and east walls of sliding glass doors and a galley kitchen/laundry to the west. In the yard outside the kitchen window, a screen of adjustable vertical timber louvres would have protected cooks from low afternoon sun. Along the west half of the north wall of this area, a low cabinet unit, including a five-seat dining table, was proposed. Other small built-in cabinets would have defined a small ‘cozy’ sitting area near the fireplace.

On the south side of the building, two bedrooms shared a bathroom. Designed with clerestory windows, they were acoustically separated by back-to-back built-in wardrobes, and fitted with small desks.

Sources

—Arts and Architecture, 1950, ‘Small house for a mid-suburban lot: Douglas Snelling architect’, January, pp. 35–6, 40–41.

—People, 1950, ‘A young man with ideas’, 10 May, pp. 25–27.