An Acre in Taradale 2024

House Notes – An Acre in Taradale

My main priority was to not detract from the one-acre plot of farmland of which I was so fond.

As architect, and owner, of building company House Workshop, I went to work. I put the shed and parking at the bottom of the hill, and the house at the top—if I wanted to get between them, I’d have to walk. This allowed the house to be small and sit alone on the hillside. I separated it into two smaller parts, so that the scale was reminiscent of the older miner’s cottages of the area—stepping them down the hillside, as if two separate houses side by side.

Then I got rid of clutter. I put the gutters and downpipes behind the cladding, created shading by pushing the windows backwards, and hid—or did away with—everything that usually adorns a house.

The exterior is recycled gal, the interior is warm and bright and smells like timber and beeswax.

It faces north. The cladding and internal timbers are recycled. The insulation is double the usual thickness. The floor is a thermal mass of concrete, insulated underneath. It is all-electric, producing four times the electricity we use. Wastewater is processed by a worm farm and returns to the garden to grow fruits and summer green grass.

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Sustainability Features

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2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Deciduous planting around house
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Worm farm septic tank system
      Drip irrigation
    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 160L
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Skylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Drapes/curtains
      Eaves
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Benchtops
      Bricks
      Metal sheeting
      Timber
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • 5.0
    • Floor Type:
    • Kooltherm K3 Floorboard
    • Floor Rating:
    • 2.35
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • 1.3
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • 2.5
    • External Walls Rating:
    • 5.0
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 11.7
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 1.44
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $550k (2021)
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $650k
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $1500
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 96 m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 12.5: Ember attack with heat up to 12.5kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Galvanised)
    • Wall Materials
    • Concrete blocks
      Lightweight construction (timber frame)
      Metal (Galvanised)
      Timber
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
      Low-e, films
      Sliding windows/doors
      Tilt and turn
    • Universal Design Features
    • Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      No Corner cupboards
      Rocker style light switches
      Washing machine/dryer on plynth for easy access
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 2
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 1
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee hotels/friendly
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Orchard
      Organic
      Worm farm
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Pickle and preserve food
      Recycle
      Repair
      Waste free/reduced construction site
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Lime render/wash
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural light and ventilation
      Natural oil sealer/finishes
      VOC free paints/sealer/varnish
      Wax based sealer/finish
Location
Taradale VIC 3447
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • House Workshop
    • Designer
    • House Workshop

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