Imagine blinds that open at your preferred time, louvres that automatically close when it rains and doors that lock when you leave home.
Smart technology like this is a feature of MyTenacity, a two-storey, four-bedroom display home in Smithfield Village, Cairns. Designed and constructed by local firm MyStyle Homes, it showcases spacious design, understated grandeur and a 9.3 star rating for energy efficiency. It’s a home to suit life in the tropics and earlier this year, won the 2018 HIA Australian Display Home of the Year award.
MyStyle Homes is a family-owned and operated company. Directors Heather Ghidella and Grant Hartwig specialise in smart, sustainable homes that are designed to client requirements and perfectly suit the tropical environment.
‘This was our first attempt at a double-storey display home,’ Grant says.
‘In the past clients would travel around to look at sustainable aspects of different display homes in different locations. So we decided that we were going to achieve all this in the one home.’
MyTenacity has been designed and built for the Cairns climate, he explains. This means being able to cope with extremes: from hot and humid summers to mild and dry winters to thunderstorms and tropical cyclones during the wet season.
To achieve this, the house has cutting-edge automation systems as well as triple-insulated roofing, extensive use of louvres, strategically created breezeways and bi-fold doors and windows.