Dreamcatcher is an award winning sustainable home perched atop a hill surrounded by mountains and rainforest in tropical far north Queensland.
This pavilion style home is set out around a 5 pointed stone circle at the centre of the site to form a dreamcatcher in aerial view. Each pavilion contains a separate use linked by recycled timber and recycled glass elements, courtyards, water and landscaping.
The roof system features vented eaves, solar ridge vents, double insulation and 900mm overhangs to keep the home cool year-round. The structure is lightweight with insulated sized to minimise construction waste.
Passive designed with orientation for cool living areas, cross ventilation, louvres to capture on-site breezes, shaded outdoor areas, light colours to reflect heat and skylights for natural daylighting.
During construction, recycled crushed glass was used under the slabs instead of sand. All construction waste was separated and recycled where possible.
The house features a 5.6kW battery compatible solar power system, solar hot water, energy efficient appliances and LED lighting throughout.
Sustainable features in the garden include recycled timber, low water use gardens, bespoke polished concrete pavers with recycled glass, composting, green walls, rainwater tank and a low chemical magnesium pool.
At every turn, framed views and courtyards blur the edges between the indoors and outdoors to reflect a tropical lifestyle in harmony with the environment.
BDAQ State Design Awards: Sustainable Building Design, Interior Design
BDAQ FNQ Regional Awards: Sustainable Building Design, Interior Design, Best use of Hardies product, Custom Homes $500-750K
To read more about this home in the Cairns Post click here.
Designer is Green at Heart – Sophie Barrett and the builder is Kenick Constructions