Reid Renovation


Location | Reid, ACT

Date completed | October 2014

EER | 7.2 stars (started at 3.5)

Area |  60m² extension (180m² home)

Builder | Jigsaw Housing

Images | Rod Vargas


A dynamic extension for a dynamic duo

This 60m² extension has transformed a classic 1950s red brick duplex in Reid into an inviting, modern home to suit the lifestyle of two very dynamic and creative retirees. The clients wanted to retain as much garden as possible while creating spaces ideally suited to Barbara’s passion for textiles and weaving, and David’s passion for motorbikes, wood work and outdoor activities. As the clients would be spending a lot of their time in these spaces it was essential that they were thermally very comfortable as well as highly functional.

The thoughtful 60m² addition of an entry airlock, kitchen, laundry, bathroom and craft room maintains the home's visual outlook and connection to garden, while increasing solar access and quality of space internally. A much loved magnolia tree is the hinging point for the extension and a focal point from living spaces. Some reconfiguration to the lower level accommodates a more efficient and enjoyable use of space, while the upper level structure is largely unchanged. Internally, the original staircase has been restored to take sentimental pride of place. The addition of a modest secure carport and large thermally stable shed increased external amenity.

The scale of the additional volumes are sympathetic to the classical style of homes in the area. The combination of rich red brick, textured charcoal timber cladding, warm timber elements and classic white window frames results in an inviting and tasteful home, that sits comfortably in its context.


Key Features

Extension: entry airlock, kitchen, laundry, bathroom + craft room

699m² gently sloping site with orientation of north to the side

New secure carport/large thermally stable work shed

Customised joinery through existing house and extension

Floor finishes include; timber, concrete and carpet



Ceiling fans

PVC double-glazed tilt + turn windows to new areas, secondary glazing to existing timber

High levels of insulation in walls and ceilings to new areas and wall insulation retrofitted to existing

R1 insulation to new slab edge and underside

5,000L water tank

Evacuated tube solar water

Productive vegetable gardens