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Dunlop Family Home

The family of this colourful home came to us with a brief for a house like no other in their street. A home designed to be smart, comfortable, and connected to its site.

A colourful delight

The client’s key aspirations were to keep it simple and within budget, while still expressing their vision for a vibrant family home. From the street, bursts of colour in the timber battens and garage door accentuate the playful nature of the family with bright blue and green wall cladding facing out to the private outdoor play areas.

The flexibility for a growing family also formed elements of the design. The boy’s play room is open to the main living area for while they are young, with the ability to close its large colourful sliding door and function as a second living room when required.

Design simplicity with sun-filled living areas and high windows providing natural light to the kid’s bedrooms and hallway are some of the project architect’s favourite features. This home captures a focus on functionality, comfort, liveability and the family’s sense of fun.

Key features

  • 4 bedrooms, 2 living areas and 2 bathrooms (House floor area 175m2)
  • 701m2 flat site with orientation of north to the side
  • Double carport
  • Raked ceiling with highlight windows to the north
  • Customised joinery including robes and separate study
  • Floor finishes include; concrete,tiles and carpet
  • Northern facing pergola and entertainment area
  • Tailored to the site and designed to our client’s brief and budget


Sustainable elements

  • Predicted to require 52% 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
  • R5 insulation to the roof space
  • R1.5 insulation to internal walls to reduce noise transfer and further enhancing zoning within the house
  • Building envelope well-sealed and penetrations minimised to prevent air leakage: 5.5 ACH @50Pa
  • Composite aluminium/PVC double glazed windows (lowE coating to living areas: U value 2.8, SHGC 0.5)
  • 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
  • Evacuated tube solar hot water
  • 5000 litre rain water tank plumbed to toilet, laundry and garden
  • Low VOC finishes