The Top 100 homes in the country achieve Gold Reserve status each year, and proceed to the National Finals.
These are given to entrants who achieve 90% of the available points and judged to be at least 80% above industry standard.
A plain weatherboard house has been re-imagined by its architect owners, and the result is a bold, eco-friendly four-bedroom design. Facing the street is a red facade, which gives way to a dramatic light-filled main living area. These spaces open to vistas of green – a contrast to the suburban surroundings – and evoke feelings of sanctuary, especially for first-time visitors. Rich colours and textures define various areas, and at night the play of light and shadow gives it a different personality. A mezzanine floor above the kitchen and bathroom is visually connected to the living area, while still separate enough to be a kids’ retreat. Solar panels and batteries generate and store enough power to keep the 340sqm home almost self-sufficient. This is helped by efficient insulation, thermal mass and cross ventilation that minimises energy used on heating and cooling. You’ll also find thermally broken low-e double-glazing, LED lighting and kitchen and bathroom fittings that use less water than usual. Materials were picked with longevity and sustainability in mind. The aluminium cladding, for example, will never need to be replaced.
NATIONAL AWARDS WON
REGIONAL AWARDS WON