Ulysses House


Location | Wright, ACT

Date completed | October 2013

EER | 8.5 star

Area | 152 m²

Builder | Jigsaw Housing

Images | Rod Vargas


Ideal aspect

Located in a new suburb, this large block with a long side boundary to the north provided the opportunity for perfect orientation. As the clients had hoped, all bedrooms and living areas make the most of this aspect and are filled with winter sun, helping the house to achieve its 8.5 EER. This house generates much more energy than it uses. Read more about that here.

One low window positioned at seating height looks to the west to capture the striking view to Mt Stromlo, while the study, kitchen and utility areas face south.

Materials are simple and hard-wearing: the façade of recycled Canberra red bricks references the character of the city’s older homes; the concrete slab provides under-floor heating; and plywood and recycled timber joinery adds warmth to a crisp interior palette.


Key features

4 bed, 2 living & 1 bath

618m² sloped site with orientation of north to the side

Single carport

Plywood and recycled timber internal finishes including doorway edging and shelving

Customised joinery including two separate study spaces

Floor finishes include; concrete and tiles

Northern facing backyard garden with plenty of space for veggie patches


High performance PVC double glazing

Ceiling fans and cross ventilation  are the only forms of cooling needed

R1 insulated slab

R2.5 insulation to exterior walls

R1.5 insulation to interior walls

R5 insulation to the roof space

Vapour permeable building wrap to extension walls and roof

Minimal air leakage, well sealed building envelope (9.5 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals)