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Nelson House

Set on a small block in the newly developed suburb of Wright, we worked closely with the homeowner to create this high-performance modular home.

Modular approach, singular home

Nelson House expresses the personality of its occupants and, in keeping with their brief, feels spacious, airy and full of natural light.

Jigsaw’s pre-designed and fully tested series of living, sleeping and utility modules formed the starting point for the home’s layout. These were configured to make the most of the home’s site and orientation, and then adapted to suit the client’s preferences – from materials and finishes to appliances and optional inclusions.

The result is a highly energy-efficient, cost-effective and comfortable home.

The open plan kitchen and dining area opens on to an outdoor entertaining space and garden that runs the length of the northern facade, seamlessly connecting the inside with the outdoors.

Customised joinery throughout the home, including a clever study nook, maximises every space. And street-facing timber-slatted panels integrate the entry gate and carport while providing much-needed protection from the western sun.

Importantly, the client – who attended our first community forum on sustainable, affordable housing – was involved at every step of the design process: choosing preferred modules, tailoring fittings and finishes, and selecting inclusions to improve the energy efficiency of her home.

Key features

  • 2 bedrooms, 2 living areas, 1 bathroom (House floor area 100m2)
  • 450m2 relatively flat site with orientation of north to the side
  • Single carport (integrated with the front facade)
  • Customised joinery including hall storage and integrated study desks
  • Floor finishes include; concrete, tiles and carpet
  • Northern facing pergola entertainment area
  • Tailored to the site and designed to our clint’s brief and budget using our JigsawModular approach


Sustainable elements

  • High performance PVC double-glazing
  • R1 insulated concrete slab
  • R2.5 insulation to exterior walls
  • R1.5 insulation to internal walls
  • R5 insulation to the roof space
  • Air leakage minimised, well-sealed building envelope
  • Passive solar heat gain supplemented with small reverse cycle air conditioning unit
  • Ceiling fans and cross ventilation only forms of cooling needed
  • Solar hot water
  • Rainwater tank