Petrie Terrace Cottage 2019

Petrie Terrace Cottage
Petrie Terrace QLD 4000
Booking required – see link below
House Open Style
Guided Tours – Booking essential (address will not be listed on website)
Entry fee or Donation
$5 tickets (children under 12 free) profits go to Renew supporting SHD
Donations supporting
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
Stephanie Skyring
Gibb Renovations
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

Sorry tours are fully booked for Petrie Terrace Cottage for SHD2019

We chose this inner-city location for a large number of reasons – The easy proximity to everything reducing the need to travel by car, the appealing character and historical value of the house and the area, and the strong sense of local community. The site area is very small at 187m2, and its sits within a hard urban area, so creating green space and a sense of privacy were critical design drivers.

Sustainable design criteria were carefully considered on all aspects of the project. Key objectives were effective passive thermal design for comfort and to minimise energy consumption and minimising waste by using recycled materials.

We have retained and exposed the steel beams on the ground floor, and used recycled windows and doors from a local demolition yard. The flooring is made from polished concrete or recycled hardwood from Big Red Shed downstairs, with Forbo Marmoleum in the loft.

The external wall cladding is made from FC sheeting with timber battens to joins, vertical weatherboard detail (recycled hardwood weatherboards from demolition yard).

The polyester insulation (from Higgins Insulation) in walls, roof and underfloor uses recycled content and has no toxic additives like wool to prevent insects eating it.

All clear finished timber is recycled hardwood from Big Red Shed. This includes tongue-and-groove boards used as wall cladding, timber kitchen benchtop and all other timber cabinetry tops/doors, stair balustrade and handrails. Kitchen and bathroom cabinetry is E0 Laminate/melamine board.

Outdoors we have terracotta pavers from EcoOutdoor and the stone garden edging is recycled old Brisbane Tuff stone from around garden.

Designed by Stephanie Skyring and built by Gibb Renovations.

Original article in Sanctuary magazine written by Emma Scragg and professional photography by Lara Masselos – see more and read the full article from Issue 44.



Years Open
Total cost of home when constructed
$600,000 (in 2015)
BAL Rating
Roofing materials
Metal (Zincalume)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Window and door types
Bi Fold
Clerestory windows
Double hung
Stacking windows/doors
180 degree opening doors
Casement windows.
Window and door shading
Deciduous tree/vegetation
Recycled and reused
Light fixtures
Retaining and exposing existing steel beams on ground-level ceiling
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Reflective foil
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – polyester
Rating: R4.0
Insulation - External walls
Type: Bulk – polyester
Rating: R2.5
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Bulk – polyester
Healthy home
Cross flow ventilation
Indoor plants for air filtration
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Natural light and ventilation
Natural oil sealer/finishes
No carpets
All electric home
Water heating
Solar hot water (flat panel)
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Thermal mass
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Poly Tanks
Size: 2000L
Low flow shower heads
Low flow taps
Drip irrigation
Garden / Outdoors
Bee hotels/friendly
Drip irrigation
Native plants
Water wise plants
Worm farm, native beehive, bird-nesting box and frog pond. Chose on-street parking to help retain more space for garden to help encourage native wildlife.
Waste Reduction
Compost all food scraps
Swap with friends and neighbours