Kurrajong Hill 2018

HOUSE NAME
Kurrajong Hill
Address:
Dignams Creek 2546
(Full address of homes will only be displayed 2 weeks prior to SHD)
Open
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Regular Guided Tours – No booking required
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
Continual Improvement
Designer
Owner
Builder
Owner
House Size
250m2
Number of bedrooms
3
Number of bathrooms
3

Our two-storey home, with 50km of views over national parks to the South East Ranges, took four years to build to 2010. The strawbale walls rendered internally with clay and finished with clay paints have been very successful, giving a comfortable atmosphere and balanced humidity. The external lime/sand render with mineral paint finish keeps the walls breathable.

The rammed-earth components add to the thermal mass to help keep temperatures stable. More thermal mass is provided by the masonry heater, a great addition and far superior to any other form of wood heater. We built a sun room on the north side, which adds warmth in winter and insulates the house in summer.

We were familiar with the disciplines of using solar power, but our 1200 amp-hourr 48-volt system enables us to use electrical appliances freely through most of the year; only mid-winter requiring us to be more frugal.

We cook on a wood-fired Rayburn, but also use gas for convenience. The Rayburn augments the evacuated tube solar hot water heater in winter.

We installed a Clivus Multrum for the composting toilets, which have given a huge saving in water, all of which comes from the roofs of house and sheds into eight plastic tanks. Greywater is recycled into growing areas.

We are currently developing our gardens, and have completed an orchard/chook yard and soft-fruit enclosure. We are constructing a terraced vegetable garden near the house, where we also continue ornamental planting of both natives and exotics.

For directions to get to this home from Princes Highway, please see this map to Kurrajong Hill.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Previously Open
2017
2016
2014
2013
2012
Universal Design Features
80cm minimum door opening width
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
110cm minimum width hallways
Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
BAL Rating
BAL – 12.5: Ember attack with heat up to 12.5kW/m2
Roofing materials
Insulated panel (sandwich panels)
Metal (colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Rammed earth
Strawbale
Window and door types
Double glazing
Low-e, films
Window and door shading
Blinds
Pelmets
Recycled and reused
Rocks/stone
Timber
Tyres
Sustainable materials
Strawbales, home-sourced timber, clay render, local stone
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Ritek composite roofing
Rating: R3.0
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Hardwood on joists and bearers
Healthy home
Cross-flow ventilation
Lime render/wash
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Energy star rating type
BASIX
Energy star rating
5 Stars
All electric home
No
Renewable energy
Energy storage/battery
Solar PV off-grid
Size of PV system
3kW
Water heating
Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
Wood fire wetback
Passive heating cooling
Cross-ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Shading
Thermal mass
Active heating cooling
Masonry heater
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Water harvesting and saving
Above-ground rainwater storage
Greywater system
Drip irrigation
Garden/Outdoors
Chickens
Composting
Drip irrigation
Edible garden
Native plants
Water-wise plants
Garden pond to collect stormwater. Terracing to utilise slope.