Snug House 2019

Snug House
Snug TAS 7054
Booking required – see link below
10am to 4.30pm
House Open Style
Guided Tours – Booking essential (address will not be listed on website)
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
Huon Drafting
Justin O'Connor
House Size
150m2 (living) / 192m2 (total)
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

Book your tickets here to visit Snug House. This home is open for pre-booked tours only, the address will not be displayed. 

Due to overwhelming interest in my property when I last opened in 2016, I have chosen to limit numbers through ticketed tours for 2019 – this ensures visitors get the best opportunity to receive information and ask questions. The ticket fee goes back into supporting the Sustainable House Day Scheme.

2015 Award Winner: HIA GreenSmart Energy Efficiency Award (Tasmania)

An example of an energy-efficient home design which can be achieved for a new house build on a modest budget.

This three-bedroom, single level home uses solar passive design – delivering a comfortable year-round ambient temperature that requires only occasional heating, even during winter.

Features include:
North-facing glass “wall” in the living area
Polished concrete slab in the living area for thermal mass
Dark tiles along north-facing bedroom windows
Fully insulated slab, thermally-separated from footings
Extensive insulation (under slab R2.4; slab edge R2.4; walls R4.2; ceiling R6/R7)
Argon-filled, low-e double glazing with composite window frames
Full-length opening windows and ceiling fans for ventilation
Energy Star rating of 8.5

The property also has a large 30m x 10m netted fruit and vegetable garden, which is fed from water tanks attached to the house.

Designed by Huon Drafting and built by Justin O’Connor


Years Open
Universal Design Features
80cm minimum door opening width
Hobless showers
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
No Corner cupboards
Rocker style light switches
Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Fibre cement sheet
Window and door types
Clerestory windows
Double glazing
Low-e, films
Sun Tunnel/SolaTube
Window and door shading
Honeycomb blinds
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Other
Rating: R2.4
Healthy home
Cross flow ventilation
Indoor plants for air filtration
Natural light and ventilation
All electric home
Water heating
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Passive solar designed home
Thermal mass
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Electric radiant heaters
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Steel water tanks
Size: 20,000L
Drip irrigation
Garden / Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Edible garden
Native plants