Registered Master Builders House of the Year Lifestyle Award Winner, 2015
Set on a narrow site that slopes towards the beach, this two-level, four-bedroom home rests comfortably in its environment.
Material choice was important in this project, with a brief that required no chemical toxins to be present in the finished home.
Designed for a retired couple, the house includes a minor unit to allow for passive rental income.
Sustainably-sourced Douglas fir was used throughout, including for framing and all external walls. Clad with Weathertex, a material made from eucalyptus, and corrugate highlights, the entire house is insulated with Earthwool to achieve much higher standards than those required under the Building Code.
The roof is home to solar panels, which fuel both power and water heating in the house.
To ensure the home performed as well as possible, the main entry door is thermally broken, as are the double glazed windows and all joinery.
In the conservatory, louvres allow for shading and passive temperature control throughout the year.
Sun protection was added to the west elevation through bronze tinting on the windows.
The living/dining area features electric opening windows in high ceiling areas for passive ventilation, and cork flooring for reduced impact, sound and thermal insulation.
Sarked Macrocarpa ceilings feature through the home while outside, retention tanks were installed for the reuse of grey water in the toilets, laundry and for gardening.
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