Cool hinterland home

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This Gold Coast hinterland home is made for a large extended family to enjoy, with its lush edible and native gardens, and meandering footpaths.

Built in 2010, this house was designed by Peter McArdle of ptma Architecture. Every consideration has been given to natural heating and cooling, and increasing natural daylight inside. A north-facing corridor forms the spine of the house with high-level glazing to catch winter sun or vent summer heat. The eaves are deliberately wide to keep out the hot sun, with no air-conditioning needed throughout the home.

A tinted concrete block work wall runs right through the heart of the home, creating a visual feature and adding to the home’s thermal mass. This wall wraps around the central walk-in larder to keep the temperature stable and cool enough to store homegrown produce. The kitchen and larder is topped with a suspended concrete slab giving the house a fire resistant core, while the slab also forms a top deck for star gazing.

The house has several renewable energy systems, such as the solar electricity system, evacuated tube solar hot water system and in-slab hydronic heating. The property has a series of large rainwater tank and a sewerage treatment system that uses worms to convert household sewage into garden irrigation water.

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Cover of Issue 28
You can read more about Cool hinterland home in Issue 28 of Sanctuary magazine.

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Minimising paved areas in your garden will limit heat radiation and water run-off.

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