The Loft 2018

The Loft
Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Full address will be displayed on 05 Sep 2019
11am – 3pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Housing Type
Tiny Home – Fixed
Project Type
New Build
NH Atchitects
Ortech Industries
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms

The Loft is designed to occupy a very small footprint of 30m2. It is manufactured from Durra Panel, which is made from straw compressed with a resin to form a panel with excellent thermal and sound insulation characteristics.

The house is also double glazed. This is all targeted to deliver a 6 Star energy rating and makes the home very efficient in terms of heating and cooling. The Durra Panel material is capable of being ground up and used as garden mulch at the end of its life.

The home can also operate totally off-grid, with a composting toilet, solar power and rainwater capture.

Designed by NH Atchitects and built by Ortech Industries.

Nestd is a social enterprise of Kids Under Cover
100% of the profit from every Nestd home sold is directed back into Kids Under Cover’s charitable work – providing life-changing studio accommodation in the backyards of family homes, preventing young people from becoming homeless.

With over 30 years’ experience in building small living spaces, there is something nice in knowing your investment is also helping those less fortunate.


Previously Open
Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
Total cost of home when constructed
Estimate of annual savings
Universal design accessability
Adaptive design
Universal Design Features
100cm minimum door opening width
Contrasting colours and material for vision impaired
Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
Loud doorbell/connected to flashing light
Power points at 60cm above floor level and 50cm from internal corners
Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
Shower head on rail for various heights
Various heights for benches in kitchens
BAL Rating
BAL – FZ: Direct exposure to flames from fire front in addition to heat flux of greater than 40kW/m2 and ember attack
Wall materials (external and internal)
Insulated panels or blocks
Lightweight construction (steel frame)
Window and door types
Double glazing
Window and door shading
Owner can specify
Recycled and reused
Sustainable materials
Durra Panel walls
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Durra Panel
Rating: R2.5
Insulation - Internal walls
Type: Insulated panel system
Rating: R2.5
Insulation - Under floor
Type: Durra Panel
Rating: R2.5
Healthy home
Airtight house design
Indoor plants for air filtration
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Natural light and ventilation
Natural oil sealer/finishes
No carpets
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV off-grid
Water heating
Solar hot water (flat panel)
Energy efficiency
Draught proofing