The Blue House on Blackbutt Street 2019

The Blue House on Blackbutt Street
O'Connor ACT 2602
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
New Build
35 Degrees & De Rome Architects
35 Degrees
House Size
90m2 living (+ 30m2 garage)
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

The Blue House is a compact, energy efficient secondary dwelling on a large inner city block that incorporates many universal design elements.

With 90sqm of living space, this all-electric home is light-filled, well-insulated, and low-maintenance.  It sits in an airy position high on O’Connor ridge with extensive views and has been cut in to sit comfortably on an otherwise sloping block.

The house supports the occupants indoor-outdoor, come and go as you please lifestyle. The modest size of the house reflects planning regulations, however the efficient design gives the house a spacious feel, permits harmonious living and reduces time spent on cleaning and maintenance.

There is plenty of storage which provides a place for everything and allows for the living spaces to remain clear and open. The garage and carport have been designed for easy access and storage of kayaks, bicycles and the like that complement the occupants active lifestyles.

Designed by 35 Degrees & De Rome Architects


Years Open
Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
Total cost of home when constructed
House, garage and carport cost: ~$400,000 Total project cost ~$500,000
Estimate of annual savings
$3,000 p.a
Universal design accessability
Adaptive design
Disability access
Wheelchair access
Universal Design Features
80cm minimum door opening width
Hobless showers
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
Minimum 110cm wide hallways
No stairs/steps
Shower head on rail for various heights
Slip resistant flooring
Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
Window openings easily accessible
BAL Rating
BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
Roofing materials
Metal (Colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Brick veneer
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Window and door types
Double glazing
180 degree opening doors
Window and door shading
Deciduous tree/vegetation
Honeycomb blinds
Recycled and reused
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R5.0
Insulation - External walls
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R2.5
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Bulk – glass wool
Rating: R1.5
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Wafflepod
Rating: R1.0
Healthy home
Airtight house design
Cross flow ventilation
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Natural light and ventilation
All electric home
Water heating
Hot water heat pump
Passive heating cooling
Passive solar designed home
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Heat pump
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Tank
Size: 3,000L
Drip irrigation
Garden / Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Native plants
Average Daily Water Usage Per Person
Waste Reduction
Compost all food scraps
Swap with friends and neighbours