Petrie Terrace Cottage 2019

Petrie Terrace QLD 4000
Booking required – see link below
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Entry Charge
    • $5 tickets (children under 12 free) profits go to Renew supporting SHD
    • Chosen Charity
    • Renew
    • Open House Style
    • Guided Tours – Booking essential (address will not be listed on website)
    • Open Hours
    • Tours
    • Builder
    • Gibb Renovations
    • Designer
    • Stephanie Skyring

Sorry tours are fully booked for Petrie Terrace Cottage for SHD2019

We chose this inner-city location for a large number of reasons – The easy proximity to everything reducing the need to travel by car, the appealing character and historical value of the house and the area, and the strong sense of local community. The site area is very small at 187m2, and its sits within a hard urban area, so creating green space and a sense of privacy were critical design drivers.

Sustainable design criteria were carefully considered on all aspects of the project. Key objectives were effective passive thermal design for comfort and to minimise energy consumption and minimising waste by using recycled materials.

We have retained and exposed the steel beams on the ground floor, and used recycled windows and doors from a local demolition yard. The flooring is made from polished concrete or recycled hardwood from Big Red Shed downstairs, with Forbo Marmoleum in the loft.

The external wall cladding is made from FC sheeting with timber battens to joins, vertical weatherboard detail (recycled hardwood weatherboards from demolition yard).

The polyester insulation (from Higgins Insulation) in walls, roof and underfloor uses recycled content and has no toxic additives like wool to prevent insects eating it.

All clear finished timber is recycled hardwood from Big Red Shed. This includes tongue-and-groove boards used as wall cladding, timber kitchen benchtop and all other timber cabinetry tops/doors, stair balustrade and handrails. Kitchen and bathroom cabinetry is E0 Laminate/melamine board.

Outdoors we have terracotta pavers from EcoOutdoor and the stone garden edging is recycled old Brisbane Tuff stone from around garden.

Designed by Stephanie Skyring and built by Gibb Renovations.

Original article in Sanctuary magazine written by Emma Scragg and professional photography by Lara Masselos – see more and read the full article from Issue 44.



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    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Doors
      Light fixtures
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Retaining and exposing existing steel beams on ground-level ceiling
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (flat panel)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground rainwater storage
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
      Drip irrigation
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Poly Tanks
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 2000L
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • External lights on sensors and minimised lights in design of home
    • Electric Vehicle?
    • No
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee hotels/friendly
      Drip irrigation
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Worm farm, native beehive, bird-nesting box and frog pond. Chose on-street parking to help retain more space for garden to help encourage native wildlife.
    • Healthy home features
    • Cross flow ventilation
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural light and ventilation
      Natural oil sealer/finishes
      No carpets
    • Waste Reduction Practices practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Swap with friends and neighbours
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • $600,000 (in 2015)
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • 0
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Internal walls
      External walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – polyester
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R4.0
    • Window Protection:
    • Deciduous tree/vegetation
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – polyester
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R2.5
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – polyester
    • BAL Rating
    • N/A
    • House Size
    • 170m2
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Zincalume)
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Bi Fold
      Clerestory windows
      Double hung
      Stacking windows/doors
      180 degree opening doors
    • Window and Door Types
    • Casement windows.