The upper floor then forms the parents’ bedroom and bathroom, with an additional flexible space.
‘The central staircase ties together those three different areas and three different functions of the home,’ Sarah explains. ‘It features beautiful wallpaper of colourful Italian houses so it’s a real core, bright feature of the home where you can orient yourself. In different parts of the house we’ve pulled out and applied some of those colours.’
In a 193-square metres, the Gingerbrick House potentially functions as a four-bedroom, two-living, two-dining, three-bathroom and two-study home. ‘From a design point of view is was a challenge to coordinate all of that across three levels,’ she says. ‘There was a lot of construction detailing and coordination on site to make sure the hard working plan functioned well and looked great externally.’
Led by director and building scientist, Jenny Edwards, Canberra-based Light House Architecture & Science has a vision to make energy-efficient housing mainstream and to serve as a beacon for positive change in the residential building industry. The multi-disciplinary business employs building scientists, as well as architects, who simulate the energy efficiency performance of a home and help to fine tune a concept so that the orientation, eaves, windows and materials are all optimised.
Such a strong focus on sustainability ensures all projects the team are involved in are designed to suit the varied climate experienced in the region, with the Gingerbrick House a prime example. ‘This home achieved an EER of eight stars so that means it is predicted to use 53 per cent less energy to heat and cool compared to a new standard six-star home of the same size,’ Sarah explains.