Casey House


Location | Casey, ACT

Date completed | March 2014

EER | 7.3 stars

Area | 151m²

Builder | Jigsaw Housing

Images | Rod Vargas


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.



Key features

Predicted to require 45% less energy for heating and cooling compared to a 6 star design

R1 insulated concrete slab

R2.5 insulation to exterior walls and internal walls adjoining garage

R5 insulation to the roof space

R1.5 insulation to internal walls

R2.5 insulation between levels

Building envelope well-sealed to prevent air leakage

Composite aluminium/PVS double glazed windows

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 x 5000L rainwater tanks

Low VOC finishes

3 bed, 2 living & 2 bath

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 multi-purpose space or workrrom

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 owners inlcuidng natural rock retaining walls, native planting, succulents and bulbs

Tailored to site and designed to our client's brief and budget


This house is beautiful. The way it fills with sunlight; the way it shows us the sky; the way it is constantly warm and draft free. It fills me with pleasure just to walk from room to room watching how each room deals with space and light at every time of day. It was a pleasure to work with you all to achieve it. Thank you.
— The clients | Nicole & Andrew