Bridgewater Lakes Residence

The brief for this project was to create a two-bedroom, 5-star energy rated and passive solar home that capitalized on sweeping views of Cape Bridgewater, Bridgewater Lakes, and Discovery Bay to the south, west, and north. Provision was also made for future third bedroom extensions, solar hot water and a grid-connected solar power system.


Primary elements include:

  • Site cut to minimize the visual impact of the house in the landscape.
  • A concrete slab as thermal mass.
  • Fully insulated veneer Mt Gambier limestone walls (ochre pigmented bagged finish).
  • Extensive use of casement double glazed windows to maximize solar performance, views, and ventilation.
  • Properly considered overhangs to provide summer shading.
  • Highly efficient, Australian-made ‘Nectre’ wood heater.
  • Use of reclaimed materials for joinery (feature stair, benchtops, doors).
  • Fully insulated curved roof construction of plantation grown pine timber and naturally round local messmate bush poles.
  • Full water self-sufficiency (combination tank and bore) and water-conserving fittings.
  • 5-star energy-rated appliances.
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