A modest 1940’s austerity style home

Lower Mitcham SA 5062

This addition to a modest 1940’s austerity style home has transformed it into a 21st century 3 bedroom home with all of the comforts needed for a growing family. Sustainability was a driving motivation for the clients so that they can go forward using minimum energy whilst enjoying the benefits of a free running building. The additions include a new open style living, dining and kitchen, bathroom, study, wine store, walk in robe and en-suite. Remodelling of the existing house has produced a new master bedroom and sauna. Externally a new lap pool, spa, deck and landscaping has also been added together with rainwater tanks. The original house faces east and the rear yard’s long axis was north-south. It was therefore important to set the new additions to the southern side of the block so that the maximum solar exposure could be gained for the new living spaces.


  • ​Plan shape to optimise solar access

  • Thermal mass in floors (polished concrete)

  • Sloping ceilings with high level opening windows to vent hot air

  • LED lighting and wall mounted uplighters

  • Double glazing to windows

  • Sweep fans

  • Natural cross ventilation to living spaces

  • High levels of insulation in walls and ceiling

  • Wide eaves to shade windows

  • Rainwater tanks fed by all new roof areas

  • Liquid pool cover to reduce evaporation

  • Hydronic heating

  • Future photovoltaic array​


WALLS: Rendered Powerpanel (HEBEL) on 120mm stud frame with R2.5 insulation

ROOF: Colorbond metal sheeting

FLOOR: Polished concrete

WINDOWS: Western red cedar clear finished timber frames. Double glazing and low emissivity glass