Roseleigh Project 2018

Roseleigh Project
North Fitzroy VIC 3068
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10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
Di Mase Architects
Nick Lightfoot, Appetite for Construction
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

This sustainable addition to a period brick home is carefully considered to be respectful of the original building, its immediate neighbours and its wider urban context. As much as possible of the original house was retained, with only the 1980s lean-to kitchen demolished to make way for the double-storey addition, which contains a new kitchen and bathroom/laundry downstairs and main bedroom with ensuite upstairs. The gabled roof is angled asymmetrically to avoid overshadowing the neighbours to the south, and the entire upper level is clad in zinc standing-seam cladding for its longevity, low maintenance requirement and fine, crisp detailing.

As the outside space on the block is to the front and side of the house and quite public, higher fences have been used to create a more private courtyard immediately outside the extension. Paved with brick reclaimed from the demolition, the courtyard will eventually feel even more secluded as the star jasmine planted along the fence grows up.

Designed by Di Mase Architects and built by Appetite for Construction.
Photography by Trevor Mein.

Article written by Anna Cumming and professional photos taken by Trevor Mein & Katya Menshikova – see more and read the full article from Sanctuary S44

To find out more about the NatHERS (Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme) click here.

The house also achieved 7 stars with the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard. If you would like to find out more click here.


Years Open
Roofing materials
elZinc slate standing seam
Wall materials (external and internal)
elZinc slate standing seam
Window and door types
Low-e, films
Sliding windows/doors
Recycled and reused
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bradford Gold high-performance ceiling batts to existing area and R5.0 Bradford Gold high-performance ceiling batts for extension roof
Rating: R6.0 and R5.0
Healthy home
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Size of PV system
3.78kW + SMA inverter
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Solar hot water (flat panel)
Passive heating cooling
Passive solar designed home
Thermal mass
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Split system airconditioner
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Size: 2500L
Drip irrigation
Garden / Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Edible garden
Water wise plants