Pipit 2019

Swansea TAS 7190
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Entry fee or Donation
Gold coin
Donations supporting
East Coast Alliance
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Castle Construction Tas Pty Ltd
House Size
235 m2 - inc garage and decking
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms
Open with support of
East Coast Alliance

Moving from a rural environment to a residential block, I have attempted to recreate as much of the qualities I like as possible. It has been a lifelong dream to have a good old rough sawn vertical board & batten house by the beach and at last I’ve realised that dream.

The house is a north facing using passive solar  design principles, making use of thermal mass and cross flow ventilation. Using radial milled silvertop ash, rough sawn vertical board and battens on this home. I have recycled the staircase, timber benches, industrial light shades, bridge timber, garden and irrigation materials, rocks and stones in the build of this house.

My home is carpet free to reduce the build up of dust, low VOC products used and natural oils/solvents used where possible. Natural light and energy efficient lighting is used throughout.

There is a productive raised bed vegie patch and an enclosed, trellised orchard at the rear, with plans for a native garden for the remaining area.

Fire protection – gutter guard and fire plugs fitted.

Designed by Chris Luttrell and built by Castle Construction Tas
All donations taken on the day will go to East Coast Alliance

This home is still under construction in areas so please take care.


This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 6.6 stars using NatHERS accredited software (BersPro). Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.


Years Open
Universal design accessability
Adaptive design
Universal Design Features
Hobless showers
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
No Corner cupboards
Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
Hand rails for toilets and showers
BAL Rating
BAL – 19: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 19kW/m2
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Window and door types
Double glazing
Window and door shading
Recycled and reused
Light fixtures
Staircase, timber benches, garden and irrigation materials
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Reflective foil
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R5.0
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Bulk - glass wool
Rating: R2.5
Healthy home
Cross flow ventilation
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Natural light and ventilation
Natural oil sealer/finishes
No carpets
All electric home
Renewable energy
Water heating
150L electric cylinder
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Active heating cooling
Pellet wood heater
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Polyethylene tanks
Size: 2 x 4600L
Low flow shower heads
Drip irrigation
Garden / Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Edible garden
Native plants
Water wise plants
Waste Reduction
Compost all food scraps
Swap with friends and neighbours