Lyneham House


Location | Lyneham, ACT

Date completed | Nov 2016

EER | 7.5 stars (40% less heating/cooling energy compared to 6 star design)

Area | 181m²

Builder | 35 Degrees

Images | Ben Wrigley


Lyneham house is an exercise in optimising and balancing three things: space efficiency, northern solar access, and connection to landscape.

The unusual site shape, slope of the block and distinct public/private sides generated a split-level home with clear zoning opportunities. The family living spaces embrace the fall of the block and heighten its enjoyment by means of a split level, complimentary raked ceiling, and views through joinery and considered window locations. The main family areas connect to a primary, north facing ‘backyard’ area, while the bedrooms retreat to the south of the block, embracing northern views to more intimate garden aspects.

Materials and colours are confident and energetic, reflecting the decisive form of the house and the dynamic of this fast-paced family. This house nurtures family life by creating warm, light filled social spaces, private retreats, and delightful glimpses of sky, pockets of garden, or a chance to wave back at someone elsewhere in the home.

Integration of thermal performance modelling and science and costing advice throughout the design process ensured a collaborative and effective approach resulting in excellent energy efficiency using cost effective construction methods.


Key features

4 bed, 2 living & 2 bath

767m² unusually shaped and sloped block

Double carport

Raked ceilings to living areas, and dedicated study space

Customised joinery including robes, extensive kitchen storage and laundry

Floor finishes include; concrete, timber, tiles and carpet

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






R1 insulated concrete slab

R2.5 insulation to exterior walls

R5 insulation to the roof space

R1.5 insulation to internal walls

Building envelope well-sealed to prevent air leakage

PVC double glazed windows (high solar transmission lowE coating to living areas)

Thermal mass of slab used for solar passive heating

Electric radiator panels for supplementary heating

Natural ventilation and ceiling fans for cooling

LED lighting

Evacuated tube solar hot water

5000L rainwater tank

Low VOC finishes