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This 200 square metre single dwelling home was designed in close collaboration with the builder, who was also the client. The intention was to design a home for the builder and his family that would also serve as a showcase of quality eco-effective design and construction.

The design is based around a series of timber-framed living, sleeping and wet area modules that can be flexibly deployed to suit different lot sizes, constraints and orientations. The construction also allows for a future upper storey extension to be added, through the inclusion of additional structural members in the roof and walls.

Situated on a rear battleaxe lot in the City of Swan Woodbridge heritage precinct, the design demonstrates how a contemporary aesthetic can still be complimentary to sensitive to the historical character and context of the neighbourhood.

This project also demonstrates how working in close collaboration with the builder can result in improved eco-effective, cost and design outcomes.

Eco-Effective Design Features

The project focuses on some simple sustainability and eco-effective design considerations:

  • Main living areas oriented towards north
  • North facing windows and walls shaded by with concrete awnings/portals that exclude harsh summer sun
  • Exposed thermal mass in main living areas to help regulate internal temperatures throughout the year
  • Airtight construction to minimise infiltration gains and losses
  • High performance glazing and window frames throughout
  • Extensive use of recycled and salvaged timber for external cladding and internal ceiling linings
  • Highly insulated building fabric
  • Light coloured roof to reduce solar absoprtance
  • Grouped wet areas to minimise plumbing runs for hot water
  • Reclaimed fill use as part of site and earthworks
  • Considered waste management practices to minimise building and construction waste while maximising recycling and re-use of materials
  • 7.0 star NatHERS rating

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