Western Magic 2024

House Notes – Western Magic

On an inner suburban site west of the city of Adelaide, a single-storey villa is extended and transformed into an environmentally friendly family home. The original house was modestly renovated in the 90’s, with a new bathroom and laundry on the back, unfortunately separating the kitchen from the back yard. The sensitive new addition places the kitchen and living room deeper in the block, with direct connection to the yard via large sliding doors and high-level windows facing north-east beneath an expressed timber structure. A second bathroom is added adjacent the laundry to cater for their growing family.

The crafty design makes the most the existing built fabric, recycling and upgrading instead of knocking down, with textural references continuing the theme of the previous renovations. With excellent passive cooling via cross ventilation and thermal mass in the polished concrete floor and insulated double brick the new home minimises the need for airconditioning.

Sustainability Features

Years Open
2024
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Shading
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
      Hydronic
    • Water heating:
    • Hot water heat pump
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Rainwater storage - Above ground
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
    • Window Protection:
    • Eaves
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Durrapanel strawboard ceilings
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Bricks
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      External walls
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • 3
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Reflective foil
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • 1.5
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk – polystyrene board
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
    • Size of PV system:
    • 6
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • 350K
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 126
    • BAL Rating
    • No BAL rating requirements at time of construction
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Double brick
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Double glazing
      Low-e, films
      Sliding windows/doors
    • Universal Design Features
    • Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
      Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
      No stairs/steps
      No Corner cupboards
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 3
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Native plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Book exchange/library
      Compost all food scraps
      Pickle and preserve food
      Recycle
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Cross flow ventilation
      Formaldehyde free cabinets
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural light and ventilation
Location
Croydon SA 5008
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • Renovation
    • Builder
    • Leske Homes
    • Designer
    • jon lowe architect

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