A-HA! Studio 2019

HOUSE NAME
A-HA! Studio
Address
Crafers West SA 5152
Open
12am - 4pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Designer
A-HA! Design Studio
Builder
Jesse Zilm & Isabella James (Owner builders)
House Size
64.5m2
Number of bedrooms
1
Number of bathrooms
1

A-HA! Studio (completed 2017)
Total floor area: 64.5m2

A-HA Studio is an experimental small scale house, designed, funded, and hand built by designers and owners Isabella & Jesse. Starting the process from the age of 25, both designers saw the opportunity to hone their design skills by becoming ‘owner builders’ and learning by ‘doing’. Isabella and Jesse played a physical role in a majority of the Studio build and project managed the endeavor from start to finish.

The project was inspired by the property’s location in the Adelaide Hills, the existing established garden and the original structure built by the former owners who loved it. The Studio is a small, highly functional, comfortable and sustainable space immersed by the established original garden, as well as new kitchen gardens and poetic, contemporary landscaping.

A-HA Studio’s simple geometry humbly utilises sustainable and passive design principles and incorporates bushfire prevention & safety provisions. The tiny 64.5m2 house has limited mechanical heating or cooling, northern orientation, double glazing, incorporates recycled materials where possible and boasts a worm farm waste system to treat all domestic and household wastes. The finished form and material palette complements the local Adelaide Hills aesthetic, surrounded by the seasonal changes of the garden. The design seeks to illustrate high standards in craftsmanship, precise details, sustainable design, excellence in architecture and low cost building methods.

Both designers currently live and work in this space and have done so for the past 2 years.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2019
Universal design accessability
Adaptive design
BAL Rating
BAL – 29: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 29kW/m2
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Concrete blocks
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Window and door types
Awning
Bi Fold
Double glazing
Skylights
Stacking windows/doors
Window and door shading
Drapes/curtains
Fixed custom shrouds
Recycled and reused
Aggregate
Appliances
Bricks
Copper pipes/fittings
Concrete
Kitchen cabinets
Paving
Timber
Tiles
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Building blanket
Rating: R1.3
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R6.0
Insulation - External walls
Type: Bulk - glass wool and Air-cell insulation
Rating: R2.7
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R2.7
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Underslab - Insulation ridgid boards
Rating: R2.5
Healthy home
Airtight house design
Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
Chemical free cleaning products used
Cross flow ventilation
Indoor plants for air filtration
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Natural light and ventilation
No carpets
Wax based sealer/finish
All electric home
Yes
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Shading
Thermal mass
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Combustion heater
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Mix Glavanised Round & Slim line tanks
Size: 38,500L
Blackwater system
Grey water system
Worm farm septic tank system
Stormwater management
Low flow shower heads
Low flow taps
Garden / Outdoors
Bee keeping
Bee hotels/friendly
Composting
Edible garden
Organic
Native plants
Water wise plants
Waste Reduction
Compost all food scraps
Recycle
Repair
Swap with friends and neighbours