Daglish House

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Location
Daglish WA 6008
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Renovation
    • Builder
    • Auscon
    • Designer
    • Ecologic Homes

About Daglish House

Our home was built in the Daglish garden suburb in 1933 by the Workers Homes Board for rent. Despite the typical additions over the years the house was cramped by today’s standards. It was also hot in summer, very cold in winter and in urgent need of a new roof and wiring. We wanted to preserve the heritage features of the front of the original house and decided to renovate rather than start anew.

Our focus was to achieve as efficient a solar-passive design as possible given some parts are now nearly 90 years old, and to maximise our energy and water savings. We kept a single level through the ground floor despite being on a slope to ensure future access, and added secondary bedrooms upstairs. We had very clear ideas about the features we wanted and our architect and builder capably delivered our vision. Spacious (although almost the same footprint as before), warm, full of salvaged treasure and quirky.

The home runs on solar power and rainwater. Having visited lots of other Sustainable Houses over our years of planning we wanted to help others who might also have a tired period house in need of a bit of sparkle.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

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
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Evaporative
      Heat pump
      Split system airconditioner
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Rainwater storage - Underground
      Grey water system
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
      Drip irrigation
    • Underground rainwater storage type:
    • Concrete tank with liner
    • Underground rainwater storage Size:
    • 13,000L
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Poly tank in basement
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 9,000L
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Deciduous tree/vegetation
      Drapes/curtains
      Eaves
      External window hoods/surrounds
      Honeycomb blinds
      Louvres
      Pelmets
      Shutters
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Bricks
      Doors
      Excavated earth
      Floorboards
      Light fixtures / fittings
      Rocks/stone
      Roofing material
      Windows
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • No
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 5kW
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $700000
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 250m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
    • Roof
    • Tiles (Clay)
    • Wall Materials
    • Double brick
      Lightweight construction (timber frame)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Bi Fold
      Casement
      Double glazing
      Louvre windows
      Low-e, films
      Pocket doors
      Tilt and turn
      180 degree opening doors
    • Universal design accessability
    • Multi-generational
      Wheelchair accessible
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
      Hobless showers
      Kitchen bench/table for wheelchairs to access (75-85cm high)
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
      Pocket doors so that cabinet doors are out of the way
      Rocker style light switches
      Self closers to all external doors
      Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
      Washing machine/dryer on plynth for easy access
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 4
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee hotels/friendly
      Composting
      Drip irrigation
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Make jams/conserves
      Recycle
      Repair
      Swap with friends and neighbours
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Cross flow ventilation
      Natural light and ventilation

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