Beautiful, Sustainable Building Design


This compact granny flat sits atop an elegant garage on a discreet laneway on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. A tightly manipulated building envelope ensured Council compliance on a tight site.

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Project Details

The floating home calls for a simple aesthetic, blank side walls are clad in dark standing seam to match the roof while the more visible long elevations are a blackbutt cladding treated to age over time.  The garage below is made from a split face concrete block, both beautiful and practical at the same time. The contrast between the simplicity and heaviness of the base and the floating top works well. This building will definitely settle well into its new home over the first few years.

Designed to meet the Passive House standard, this home returned a preliminary blower door test result of 0.42ACH50, an incredibly low result for such a compact building.

The combination of good insulation levels, timber/aluminium windows and door and the high quality of construction will deliver a comfortable home for the occupants for years to come. The rooftop photovoltaic system will deliver around 3 times more electricity than this gas-free home uses in a year.

The home is due for completion in early 2020

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