The Stables 2024

House Notes – The Stables

Once horse stables, we’ve designed and adpated our home to blend history with sustainable charm. Our 80m2 converted home proudly stands as one of the last horse stables in Fremantle, previously owned by the first female jockey and trainer in WA- history worth preserving. The build was a labour of love involving many friends, family and neighbours. We love that the house is connected to the community, evident in our community native verge garden and strategically placed gates fostering daily doggy interactions with our neighbors.

Key Sustainable Features:

**Reuse and Reclaimed Materials:**
– Original jarrah roof frames preserved and reinstalled below new SIP roof panels.
– All windows are uPVC double glazed, including scoring 90% from gumtree at an affordable price
– Kept the existing stables doors as history and useable internal doors
– No landfill skip bins used during construction, construction waste was sorted by and reused where possible- including construction rubble for landscaping as gabion walls and paving
– Pergola’s structural timber salvaged from a nearby renovation project.

**Energy Efficiency:**
– 9.2 star NatHERS rating
– All electric house
– Solar panels (shared with main house on premise)
– Solar passive design with the living space oriented to the north
– Exclusive use of electric appliances, eliminating the need for a gas connection
– SIP panel roof structure with an R-value of 5.26 and Anti-con 90 (R-value 1.3), ensuring optimal insulation
– Hot water unit heat pump

**Thermal Mass and Insulation:**
– Burnished concrete slab crafted from reduced carbon concrete mix (30%SCM) for thermal mass.
– Reverse brick veneer structure enhancing thermal mass.
– Blower door test resulted in 3.95ach/H n50 thanks to design including Premium Proclima WRB building wrap used with specialised detailing to penetrations and window openings and cladding on cavity battens for building health, vapor and moisture management and assist with air tightness

**Water Efficiency:**
– Greywater system for garden reticulation.
– Plumbing set up for roof rainwater collection, reducing reliance on mains water.
– Water efficient fittings
– Water wise, native plants as landscaping

– Minimum 110cm wide door openings
– appropriate height for light switches
– ramps access to house
– hobless shower

Sustainability Features

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    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Deciduous planting around house
      External planting
      Passive solar designed home
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Heat pump
      Split system airconditioner

    • Active heating cooling:
    • In floor electric heating in concrete slab (not currently needed for use given thermal performance of the house- same with aircon unit)
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Grey water system
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
      Drip irrigation

    • Average water consumption per day:
    • 100
    • Water harvesting and saving
    • Rainwater tanks on order - 2 x 7500L rainwater tanks on order above ground for 2024 installation
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Adjustable Shading
      Deciduous tree/vegetation
      Shade Sails
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Materials (reuse and reclaimed) • Blower door test resulted in 3.95ach/H n50 (CSIRO study determined average house reached 15.4ach/H @50pa). Premium Proclima WRB building wrap used with specialised detailing to penetrations and window openings and cladding on cavity battens for building health, vapor and moisture management and assist with air tightness • Burnished concrete slab throughout from reduced carbon concrete mix (30%SCM) for thermal mass • All windows UPVC double glazed, 90% of these were purchased as 2nd hand/repurposed incorrect build stock and the build designed around these • Masonry waste from slab removal and window cut outs retained on site and used in landscaping gabion walls and external paving • All construction waste sorted and managed onsite without a landfill construction bin. Most of construction rubble was used in landscaping (gabion walls, paving, etc) • Original jarrah roof frame retained onsite and re installed as rafters below new SIP roof panels • Bedroom and bathroom doors salvaged and reused from existing stables building • SIP panel roof structure (R value 5.26, 200mm thick) with Anti-con 90 (R value 2.0). Left exposed on the underside to avoided unnecessary plasterboard and paint • Internal walls insulation Earth Wool (R2.5) with existing cement bricks from stables wall (R0.5) • All paints low VOC • Existing masonry wall left exposed on the inside, new installed timber frame built on the outside to create a reverse brick veneer structure for thermal mass • Structural timber for pergola, salvaged from renovation project over the road from the build. • Use of paperock for the benchtops • All secondhand furniture inside • Secondhand front door from demo site • Recycled brick paving Design (efficiency and accessibility) • Existing building walls retained. Room layout designed around existing walls set outs • Solar passive design, living space orientated to the north • All electric appliances (no gas connection) • Heat pump hot water system • In slab electric heating coil in the living room • Celling fans for cooling through out • Door widths and 2nd bathroom designed with accessibility in mind • Roof orientations designed for future PV and battery storage • Grey water system installed for garden reticulation • Plumbing set up for roof rainwater collection to water tanks for use in home (ability to turn off main water supply when tanks are full)
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Appliances
      House - all materials reused
      Railway sleepers
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • SIP Panels with Anti-con 90
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R7.26
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • 3
    • External Walls Rating:
    • 3.5
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect

    • Size of PV system:
    • 2
    • Renewable energy
    • Currently run our car off Vegetable oil which is collected from nearby Fish and Chip shops to filter down to 1 micron for use in old 1980s converted mercedes car
    • Average Daily Energy Consumption:
    • 0.7
    • Total cost of home when constructed:
    • 250000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • 2544
    • House Size
    • 80
    • BAL Rating
    • No BAL rating requirements at time of construction
    • Roof
    • Insulated panel (sandwich panels)
      Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Lightweight construction (timber frame)
      Reverse Brick veneer
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Double glazing
      Stacking windows/doors
      Tilt and turn
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
      Universal access
      Wheelchair accessible
    • Universal Design Features
    • 100cm minimum door opening width
      Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
      Hobless showers
      Minimum 110cm wide hallways
      No stairs/steps
      Ramps and path gradients must be less than 20:1
      Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 2
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee hotels/friendly
      Drip irrigation
      Edible garden
      Local indigenous plants
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Pickle and preserve food
      Tool exchange/library
      Swap with friends and neighbours
      Waste free/reduced construction site

    • Other Waste Reduction Practices:
    • During construction no bins were ordered for the build. We sorted and managed any on site waste. Most of the construction waste was used as rubble for the gabion walls for the fence, retaining garden beds and path around the house. We also collect and filter waste vegetable oil to run our converted car.
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Carpet free - tiles/concrete/timber flooring throughout
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Fremantle WA 6160
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Retrofit/addition
    • Builder
    • Praxis Build
    • Designer
    • NJ Tucker

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