Pipit 2019

Swansea TAS 7190
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Entry Charge
    • Gold coin
    • Chosen Charity
    • East Coast Alliance
    • Open House Style
    • Open House – No booking required
    • Open Hours
    • 10am – 4pm
    • Open with support of
    • East Coast Alliance
    • Builder
    • Castle Construction Tas Pty Ltd

Moving from a rural environment to a residential block, I have attempted to recreate as much of the qualities I like as possible. It has been a lifelong dream to have a good old rough sawn vertical board & batten house by the beach and at last I’ve realised that dream.

The house is a north facing using passive solar  design principles, making use of thermal mass and cross flow ventilation. Using radial milled silvertop ash, rough sawn vertical board and battens on this home. I have recycled the staircase, timber benches, industrial light shades, bridge timber, garden and irrigation materials, rocks and stones in the build of this house.

My home is carpet free to reduce the build up of dust, low VOC products used and natural oils/solvents used where possible. Natural light and energy efficient lighting is used throughout.

There is a productive raised bed vegie patch and an enclosed, trellised orchard at the rear, with plans for a native garden for the remaining area.

Fire protection – gutter guard and fire plugs fitted.

Designed by Chris Luttrell and built by Castle Construction Tas
All donations taken on the day will go to East Coast Alliance

This home is still under construction in areas so please take care.


This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 6.6 stars using NatHERS accredited software (BersPro). Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.


Years Open
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Other
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Pellet wood heater
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Light fixtures
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Staircase, timber benches, garden and irrigation materials
    • Water heating:
    • Other
    • Water heating:
    • 150L electric cylinder
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground rainwater storage
      Low flow shower heads
      Drip irrigation
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Polyethylene tanks
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 2 x 4600L
    • Storage connected to
    • Garden
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Electric Vehicle?
    • No
    • Electric Vehicles Welcome
    • Yes
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Composting
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
    • Healthy home features
    • Cross flow ventilation
      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
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Energy star rating:
    • 6.6 Stars
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Other
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R5.0
    • Floor Type:
    • Bulk - glass wool
    • Floor Rating:
    • R2.5
    • Window Protection:
    • Blinds
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 19: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 19kW/m2
    • House Size
    • 235 m2 - inc garage and decking
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 2
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Timber
    • Window and Door Types
    • Double glazing
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
    • Universal Design Features
    • Hobless showers
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      No Corner cupboards
      Tapware to be easily accessed from outside the shower
    • Universal Design Features
    • Hand rails for toilets and showers