Casey House

This two storey home set on a narrow north facing sloped block, connects strongly to its outdoor spaces and maximises its northern aspect to provide ample sunlight throughout.

Focusing on the details

Set on a narrow, sloped block in the new suburb of Casey, this two storey home opens up to its surroundings in unique and surprising ways. Upper storey windows take in beautiful views across the landscape and allow ample northern sunshine to filter through the sculptural steel staircase and penetrate deep into the main living spaces.

Living areas connect to four carefully considered outdoor spaces: a thriving veggie patch near the front door, an enclosed courtyard where cats can roam, a rooftop terrace with a view, and thanks to the creativity of the owners, a wonderfully landscaped and contemplative rear garden.

Read more about this project in our blog post From concept to reality.

Key features

  • 3 bedrooms, 2 living areas, 2 bathrooms (House floor area 151m2)
  • 388m2 sloped site with orientation of north to the street
  • Single garage
  • Open steel staircase with perforated steel balustrade
  • Large sliding doors open up or separate the kitchen from the dining room
  • Third bedroom can be used as a mutli-purpose space or workroom
  • Customised joinery including robes, study nook and extensive kitchen storage
  • Floor finishes include; concrete, timber, tiles and carpet
  • Northern courtyard connecting the front living area cat enclosure courtyard off the dining, and terrace on second storey
  • Extensive backyard landscaping by the owners including natural rock retaining walls, native planting, succulents and bulbs
  • Tailored to the site and designed to our client’s brief and budget

Sustainable elements

  • Predicted to require 45% less energy for heating and cooling compared to a 6 star design
  • R1 insulated concrete slab (waffle-pod construction plus vertical edge insulation)
  • R2.5 insulation to exterior walls and internal walls adjoining garage
  • R5 insulation to the roof space
  • R1.5 insulation to internal walls to reduce noise transfer and further enhancing zoning within the house
  • R2.5 insulation between levels
  • Building envelope well-sealed and penetrations minimised to prevent air leakage: 6.2 ACH @50Pa
  • Composite aluminium/PVC double glazed windows (clear: U value 3.3, SHGC 0.53)
  • Thermal mass of slab used for solar passive heating
  • Electric radiator panels for supplementary heating
  • Natural ventilation and ceiling fans for cooling
  • Bare concrete flooring to maximise passive solar gain
  • LED lighting
  • 2 × 5000 litre rain water tanks plumbed to toilet, laundry and garden
  • Low VOC finishes