Stray Leaf House

The clients, site, and brief for this little house in Forde aligned perfectly with our core modular philosophy; providing a simplified process for smart, high performance homes with small footprints and affordable price tags.

A Modular Trifecta

Margaret and John had purchased an ideally oriented block, it was so compact that it was one of the last vacant blocks available in the area. The modular design easily fell into place, creating a home that focused on northern passive solar access, but also carefully captured framed views of bushland and distant hilltops to the east and west so that the size of the block becomes irrelevant.

At just 113m2 this home layout ‘works hard’. Flexibility is the key to space saving, with the lounge and second sitting area both able to open up or close down for shared or private use. The guest toilet combines with the laundry, and a generous study desk and storage bank shares the hallway space.

Thoughtful features of soft pelmet lighting and all white joinery increase the sense of space, light and warmth. A mini-courtyard garden at the entrance compliments this home’s connection to nature and the outdoors. Self-cleaning ‘hydrotect’ tiles, thoughtful storage nooks and one level makes life in the home easy and safe.

“We were looking, unsuccessfully, for something small, smart and energy efficient… Choosing from among Jigsaw’s modular room options streamlined the design process without compromising our objectives. By using their Co-Construct software, we were kept fully informed and engaged during the design stage and were able to have those unforeseen issues that invariably arise during a build dealt with quickly and efficiently ‘in house’. We moved in a few months ago, and are delighted with our house. We would happily recommend Jigsaw to anyone wanting to design/build a home.” – Margaret and John

In October 2015, Stray Leaf House was featured in an article on Houzz.

Remodeling and Home Design

Key Features

  • 2 bedrooms, 2 living areas, 1 bathroom (House floor area 113m2)
  • 356m2 sloping site with orientation of north to the side
  • Single carport
  • Second bedroom can be used as a multi-purpose space or additional living area
  • Designed for low maintenance and age friendly accessibility/safety
  • Customised joinery including study nook, robes, kitchen and hallway storage
  • Floor finishes include; concrete, tiles and carpet
  • All living spaces connect to the north facing outdoor timber deck and garden
  • Tailored to the site and designed to our client’s brief and budget using our JigsawModular approach

Sustainable Elements

  • EER of 7.9 stars
  • High levels of insulation in walls (R2.5) + ceilings (R5)
  • Burnished concrete floors (R1 insulation to slab underside + edge)
  • Thermal mass of slab used to regulate internal temperatures
  • Evacuated tube solar hot water system (electric boost)
  • 2500L water tank and photovoltaic system
  • Vapour permeable building wrap to control moisture and reduce air movement past insulation
  • Testing to ensure building envelope integrity: thermographic inspection of insulation & fan depressurisation to ensure airtightness
  • PVC lined aluminium double glazed windows (U value 3.3, SHGC 0.53) with low-e coating to living areas (U value 2.8, SHGC 0.5)