Dunlop Family Home


Location | Dunlop, ACT

Date completed | January 2015

EER | 7.9 stars

Area | 175m²

Builder | Jigsaw Housing

Images | Rod Vargas


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 bed, 2 living & 2 bath

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


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 insulations 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 passive solar heating

Electric radiator panels for supplementary heating

Natural ventilation and ceiling fans for cooling

Bare concrete flooring to maximise solar gain

LED lighting

Evacuate tube solar hot water

5000K rainwater tank plumbed to toilet, laundry and garden

Low VOC finishes