50 Harper St, Woodbridge c1946, built as a two-bedroom + sleep-out bungalow, with rear & side verandahs, plus wash-house, now has;
- stack-effect ventilation for cooling, via large banks of louvre windows upstairs; assisting cross-ventilation below
- Low E glass to all new windows, sub-floor insulation, wall insulation, ceiling insulation, roof insulation
- Rainwater storage, into a 9,000L tank
- vegies and herbs, we use a compost bin; low maintenance, native-species & fruits; Permaculture garden
- Solar hot water, with instant gas back-up
- 3.5KW PV cells on the roof
The new layout gives us two offices, three bedrooms plus a guestroom in the old wash-house, all in a modest footprint.
In terms of sustainability, we have retained and restored the timber-framed structure and most of the original claddings and linings, while exploiting passive solar principles.
The house has been featured in a Solar Open Day, and was nominated for the Institute Architecture Awards in 2007