Kurrajong Hill 2017

HOUSE NAME
Kurrajong Hill
Address:
Dignams Creek 2546
Housing Type
Standalone House
House Size
250 square metres
Number of bedrooms
3
Number of bathrooms
3
Builder
Owner
Project Type
New Build
Architect/Designer
Owner designed and built
Opening Hours
10am to 4pm

Our two-story home, with views of 50km 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 Hour 48 V 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 to 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.

Read more information on Narooma News:Dignams Creek property on show for Sustainable House Day and Visit a Dignams Creek home on Sustainable House Day

 

 

 

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Energy rating type
BASIX
Energy rating
5 Stars
Building Type
Timber
Rammed earth
Strawbale
Insulated panels
Recycled and reused
Timber
Sustainable materials
Straw bales, home sourced timber, clay render
Healthy home materials
Clay interior render with clay paints to all walls, natural varnishes and oils on the floor and timberwork.
Windows and Doors
Double glazing
Low-e, films
Clerestory windows
Window/door materials and coverings
Timber
UPVC
Blinds
Pelmets
Renewable energy
Solar PV off-grid
Energy storage
Water heating
Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
Wood fire wetback
Passive heating cooling
Shading
Cross ventilation
Active heating cooling
Masonry heater
Insulation
Ceiling
Type: Ritek composite roofing,
Rating: R3
Floor
Type: Hardwood on joists and bearers,
Rating:
Water harvesting and water saving
Above ground storage
Type: Eight plastic tanks,
Size: 210,000L
Greywater system
Drip irrigation
Storage connected to
Garden
Whole house
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Garden/Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Water wise plants
Edible garden
Composting
Native plants
Chickens
Garden pond to collect stormwater.
Previously Open
2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
Council property located in:
Eurobodalla Shire Council
Connected to gas?
Yes