Nigel Miller Architect
Nigel Miller is a sole practitioner, passionate about architecture, design, environmental issues and providing a professional service to clients. His practice was founded in 2010 after 20 years of diverse architectural experience and has a focus on sustainable design for residential dwellings and small scale commercial projects. The practice is committed to environmentally responsible design, incorporating natural materials and textures, use of natural lighting and ventilation, while working in close collaboration with clients to achieve contemporary and cost effective outcomes.
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Henley Beach House
Henley Beach SA, 2013
Alterations and additions to a 1920’s beachside bungalow. Re using the footprint of a late 1960s rear addition, a new life and aspect has been crafted to maximize the northern aspect of the house. The existing concrete slab and block walls were retained for their thermal mass, with a new skillion roof and a large window to the north. A palette of robust materials was used that are suited to the beachside location, weathering steel cladding, oiled jarrah window & door frames, jarrah cladding, cypress pine flooring & engineered cypress laminated roofing timbers. The northern window is framed by vertical recycled jetty timbers and a pergola that wraps around existing palm trees.
Sea View House
Fleurieu Peninsula, 2014
SEA BREEZE HOUSE Fleurieu Peninsula SA, 2012 On a site with distant sea views, the proposed residence is for clients with high expectations for sustainable living. The land falls steeply and obliquely to the dramatic sea vista, with the solar north orientation on an oblique axis. To minimise the footprint on the land, the building is anchored by a central masonry core that steps with the site contours, with upper level living areas of insulated lightweight frame and suspended floor construction. The entrance is via a flying ramp that leads to the upper level living and sleeping areas, with balconies and framed views to the ocean. The building is to include the following sustainable design elements: ‘ Low impact on the site with minimal cut and fill ‘ Window placement to facilitate cross ventilation and breeze paths from local gully winds & sea breezes ‘ Vertical and horizontal sun shading that act as privacy screens ‘ Rainwater capture and reuse for whole of house ‘ A vented pantry, using the excess heat from refrigerator ‘ Solar capture for hot water and photo voltaic panels Materials include robust natural finishes, suitable for the coastal location, large format masonry walls, Australian hardwood weathertex cladding, galvanized corrugated panels to spandrels and hardwood decking. Construction is underway with completion due early 2014.
Henley Beach House
Henley Beach SA , 2013
The brief was for a spacious modern four bedroom home with guest facilities for extended family to stay with large open space living areas to be integrated to outdoor dining and the swimming pool. The existing block has both front and rear access, with a challenging north west orientation along the length of the block. Environmental & Sustainable Design principles for this project include: – High thermal mass construction, with insulated cavity masonry walls – High performance glazing and thermally broken window frames – Skillion roof forms with high level venting and high insulation levels – Generous natural lighting & cross ventilation – Low energy LED lighting throughout – Evaporative cooling and gas heating – 20KL on site underground rainwater retention The building will include a palette of natural materials, Australian hardwood flooring, local sandstone feature walls & profile sheet metal cladding. Completion is due in 2013.