Flintberry Farm 2018

Flintberry Farm
Harrogate (Woodside) SA 5244
Full address will be displayed on 05 Sep 2019
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Regular Guided Tours – No booking required
Entry fee or Donation
Gold coin
Donations supporting
Animals Australia
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Architecture in the Wild Pty Ltd
Architecture in the Wild Pty Ltd
House Size
220m2 approx.
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

Most people assume connecting to the grid but, despite having power to the boundary for our new build, we couldn’t see any logical reason to do so. We wanted to invest in solar regardless so, rather than connecting to the grid, we decided to simply invest that money into extra battery storage.

Part of the reason for wanting to display our house at Sustainable House Day is to help normalise off-grid living and reduce the stereotype that it is cumbersome, radical or in any way less comfortable. With the right design, we do everything as we would normally, and without any issues. We have not made design compromises and have made minimal lifestyle concession that, overall, we believe have been for the better anyway.

We visited many open houses over the years leading up to our build. We took away a lot from those visits and discussions, as well as many ATA resources and guides, and would like to now return the favour and share what we have learned.

With over 70 fruit, nut and berry plants, as well as a large vegetable garden. We hope to grow as much of our own food as we can as the trees become established. Future plans include a couple of chooks to help out with excess produce in exchange for a few eggs.

Designed and built by Architecture in the Wild.

Gold coin entry supports Animals Australia.


Years Open
Universal design accessability
Universal Design Features
80cm minimum door opening width
Hobless showers
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
No stairs/steps
Shower head on rail for various heights
Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
BAL Rating
BAL – 12.5: Ember attack with heat up to 12.5kW/m2
Wall materials (external and internal)
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Metal (colorbond)
Window and door types
Double glazing
Louvre windows
UPVC tilt/urn doors and windows
Window and door shading
Recycled and reused
Shipping container
Sustainable materials
Top soil remained on-site and was reused after construction. Rocks remained on-site and were utilised in site preparation.
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – natural wool
Rating: R5.0
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Bulk–- natural wool
Rating: R2.5
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Slab edge insulation
Healthy home
Indoor plants for air filtration
All electric home
Renewable energy
Energy storage/battery
Solar PV off-grid
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Passive heating cooling
Passive solar designed home
Thermal mass
Internal bricks and appropriate orientation and shading – with provision of western shading
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Heat pump
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Water harvesting and saving
Worm farm septic tank system
Stormwater management
Drip irrigation
Garden / Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Edible garden