Originally a single storey, face brick 1970s building….the proverbial ‘worst house on the best street’ is barely recognizable now with her statement relaxed grandeur.


Having a young family, the owners were keen for a speedy build that could achieve the greatest degree of energy efficiency – especially given the size of the home. Taking into consideration the orientation of the home and its position close to the coast, one of the goals behind the build was to use the natural climatic conditions to their maximum benefit to heat and cool the home passively and reduce energy costs.


With the bulk of walls facing west, the need to minimise heat transfer on hot West Australian days was critical – especially on the first level where all the bedrooms are positioned. By using Structural Insulated Panels for the build, which Form handcraft in their Malaga workshop, the house is inherently energy efficient. Form was able to create an airtight envelope which does not require air conditioning to cool the internal spaces. The SIP technology eliminates thermal connection between the internal and external face materials so the family know they can sleep comfortably year round.


The ability to precision build the entire home off site and then bring to site to assemble meant the family was able to occupy their home quicker than expected.


Custom over-sized windows ensure plenty of natural light floods the home and adds to the passive solar design elements. This is enhanced by the restrained colour palette, creating the perfect beachside home for a young family with all the charm of a beach shack, yet all the functionality of a generous-sized home.




David Smith Studio


August 4, 2016