HIA ACT Awards / by Nerio

The brief for this project was simple: create a warm and inviting family home that achieved the best performance possible on the limited budget available. The project team consisted of client and architect, Shannon Battisson (Director of The Mill Design) and her family, and builder, Dean Struys at 360° Building Solutions.

” Working together from the outset, the team strived to investigate and design a dwelling that would take the best advantage of the site, the climate, and the combined knowledge and experience of the whole team."

Design and construction were considered in parallel to ensure that, wherever possible, standard construction techniques and products could be used to their best advantage, gaining an economy that allowed greater financial investment in selected areas for maximum impact.

The dwelling uses recycled Melbourne ‘City’ bricks, James Hardie ‘PrimeLine’ weatherboards, and Laros Technology’s thermally broken timber, triple glazed windows and doors.

The result is an engaging 3 bedroom home flooded with natural light and charm. The property was awarded the 2015 Housing Industry of Australia’s ‘Best Custom Home up to $350,000’ in the ACT, and was a finalist for the ‘House of the Year.’ The home was also a finalist in the Housing Industry of Australia’s National Greensmart awards.