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.