Ulysses House

Every room of this sun-filled home, described as a ‘farmhouse in an urban context’, connects to the productive permaculture garden that surrounds it.

Ideal aspect

Located in a new suburb, this large block with a long side boundary to the north provided the opportunity for perfect orientation. As the clients had hoped, all bedrooms and living areas make the most of this aspect and are filled with winter sun, helping the house to achieve its 8.5 EER. Read a blog about just how well this house performs, here.

One low window positioned at seating height looks to the west to capture the striking view to Mt Stromlo, while the study, kitchen and utility areas face south.

Materials are simple and hard-wearing: the façade of recycled Canberra red bricks references the character of the city’s older homes; the concrete slab provides under-floor heating; and plywood and recycled timber joinery adds warmth to a crisp interior palette.

Key Features

  • 4 bedrooms, 2 living areas, 1 bathroom (House floor area 152m2)
  • 618m2 sloping site with orientation of north to the side
  • Single carport
  • Plywood and recycled timber internal finishes including doorway edging and shelving
  • Customised joinery including two separate study spaces
  • Floor finishes include; concrete and tiles
  • Northern facing backyard garden with plenty of space for veggie patches
  • Tailored to the site and designed to our client’s brief and budget