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House255 is a breath of fresh air!
These clients were on a mission to downsize and create a practical family home incorporating 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a study and most importantly no wasted space!
Having selected a manageable lot size, they wanted to take advantage of every inch and ensure the overall design was as energy-efficient as possible, without overcapitalizing on the overall investment.
The lot was challenged with a high BAL rating of 29, regardless these costs were well balanced and this home design achieved a very impressive 8.1-star energy rating. North-facing orientation, shading, bulk insulation, thermal mass, smart glazing, passive solar heating, and cooling have all been applied to help maintain a comfortable temperature range in this home all year round.
Aesthetically the home is simple but impressively modern and sleek, from the initial design stage, the owners made very practical and cost-effective selections to ensure all costs associated were balanced with passive design objectives.
A sun study was completed on the design to ensure the northern eave above the outside entertaining deck would provide adequate shade at appropriate times throughout the seasons. The extra carport space at the rear of the home also doubles as a private sheltered outdoor space.
The home has received much popularity on various social media platforms now having its own hashtag #house255. The young family occupying the home are extremely happy with all elements and feel the passive design efforts are extremely rewarding and have created a sense of wellness within the home!