Right up there with the trend for ‘smaller and smarter’, this sharp new home is purpose-built by Paul Reed Homes for a couple planning for retirement. Thanks to our consulting Architect and great input from an established team of sub-contractors, the quality result provides space and comfort with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living areas.

The gable concept is well-executed and presents a smart profile. The entrance opens up to views of a stream and park. Sustainability and smart design underpin this eco-focused, energy-efficient home that’s warm in winter and cool in summer.

The low-energy approach lowers heating and cooling loads and is combined with a highly efficient hot-water heatpump system. This means that energy consumption is as much as 75 per cent less than a standard home. LED lighting rounds this off, and the 4.2kW photovoltaic solar panel system produces low annual energy consumption.

Materials have been chosen for their low toxicity and, combined with a natural ventilation design, the result is a very healthy home. There’s also a large garage with a workshop and parking for the motorhome.

The home was awarded Gold, in the House of the Year competition.

Category: Building, Interior