Kingfisher House GC 2024

House Notes – Kingfisher House GC

The home is designed on residential land in an existing suburb. The clients purchased the land to enable them to develop a more sustainable lifestyle for themselves, and demonstrate the potential of that to others.

The site includes master planning for future provision for higher density. This is done to better use the land in our suburbs. It includes for edible and productive gardens with option for future market stall.

The main home is designed for extended family / intergenerational living / co-housing. Current renovations of an existing granny flat in 2023/24 further enable the land to be well used. A future caretaker’s residence may be possible should the productive gardens need!

The home itself is designed to respond to the local climate with passive solar design, well insulated, tight sealed, double glazing – as well as active systems such as hydronic heating, pv, battery, car charging, all electric home, mechanical ventilation system (rough in for future install), efficient ac system (for better air filtration).

The large central courtyard helps to control the climate through the home: it allows an outdoor lifestyle in inclement weather and to allow both sides of the home to be left open for better cross ventilation.

Designed by ptma Architecture
Finished Photographs by Scott Burrows Photographer.

Sustainability Features

Years Open
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
      Smart home features
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Deciduous planting around house
      Earth covering
      External planting
      Passive solar designed home
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Split system airconditioner

    • Active heating cooling:
    • Mechanical ventilation system (reversible, zoned) with air con including fresh air filtered draw, hydronic heating for winter
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump

    • Water heating:
    • with heat exchange for hydronic floor heat
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
      Rainwater storage - Underground
      Blackwater system
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
      Hot water recirculation
      Drip irrigation
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • steel tanks
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 47kl approx
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Electric Vehicle Type
    • Jaguar, and bikes, and boat
    • Window Protection:
    • Adjustable Shading
      Awnings (external)
      Deciduous tree/vegetation
      External window hoods/surrounds
      Solar pergola

    • Window Protection:
    • Integrated solar PV pergola as shading
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Granny flat pavillion and existing swimming pool re-used and repurposed, and renovated to modern standard. Original house slab retained to allow re-construction of new home. Roof trusses re-used in new home. Original floor slab from previous home reused in new home, along with fireplace
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Courtyard central to home for summer / winter lifestyle with twin wall polycarbonate roofing (greenhouse) with internal solid operable louvres (to allow heat to enter, or block heat, or trap heat depending on weather - for seasonal control). Design of main home for multigenerational and co-house living conversion over time.
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Aggregate
      Excavated earth
      House - all materials reused

    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Internal walls
      External walls

    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – polyester
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R5, bulk batts - final type being selected.
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk - polyester
    • Floor Rating:
    • R 2
    • Other Insulation Methods:
    • Sub floor slab insulation R.625, curtains + blinds to select openings
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Bradford ProctorWrap Enviroseal
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – polyester
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R 3
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R 3
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – polyester
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Energy star rating:
    • 9.1
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Energy storage/battery
      Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 20kW approx with 14kWh storage with backup mode
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • Construction 2021, 2022 and stage 2 in 2023
    • House Size
    • 520
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
    • Roof
    • Green roof

    • Roof
    • Green roof to garage, standing seam natural zinc roof to house, granny flat to be confirmed (probably colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Concrete blocks
      Double brick
      Lightweight construction (timber frame)
      Metal (Colorbond)

    • Wall Materials
    • mix of standing seam zinc cladding with timber - Australian hardwood.
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Double glazing
      Low-e, films
      Pocket doors
      Sliding windows/doors
      Stacking windows/doors
      Tilt and turn
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
      Universal access
      Wheelchair accessible
    • Universal Design Features
    • 80cm minimum door opening width
      100cm minimum door opening width
      Contrasting colours and material for vision impaired
      Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
      Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      Loud doorbell/connected to flashing light
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      No stairs/steps
      Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
      Pocket doors so that cabinet doors are out of the way
      Self closers to all external doors
      Shower head on rail for various heights
      Slip resistant flooring
      Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
      Strong fittings like towel rails that can be used as hand rails
      Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
      Window openings easily accessible

    • Universal Design Features
    • Bushfire: there is no specific BAL assessment on the site. However, the design and build is voluntarily seeking a higher standard to address potential future risk with climate change. EG metal mesh screens and gutter guards, no gaps to roof sheeting, non-combustible external claddings, and the like. Storm Resilience: similarly the design of the home has been upgraded to reduce the likelihood of damage to the home in the event of more frequent or severe weather events, and to allow the owners to be more likely to stay in their home in the event of community services being interrupted (independent water supply, electricity and sewerage)
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 6
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 3
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Under design and construction currently - landscape continuing to revegetate bushland for habitat
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee keeping
      Bee hotels/friendly
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Frog friendly
      Green roof
      Local indigenous plants
      Native plants
      Water wise plants

    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Waste free/reduced construction site
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Asthma and allergy free certified carpet
      Automated ventilation system
      Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
      Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Cross flow ventilation
      Formaldehyde free cabinets
      Heat recovery ventilation (HRV)
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Lime render/wash
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural light and ventilation
      Natural oil sealer/finishes
      VOC free paints/sealer/varnish
Currumbin Waters QLD 4223
    • Housing Type:
    • Home, home office, granny flat
    • Project Type:
    • Mix of new build and renovation
    • Builder
    • Stage 1 (main house) Kai Konstruct. Stage 2 (granny flat) Treby Build
    • Designer
    • ptma Architecture

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