0325 / Built Works / Portfolio


Project Summary

Builder: Stainton Master Builders

Year completed: 2005



desired use

The brief from our client was to design a modern house for there family to live in.


detail of occupants:

The design was to suit there growing family of a Dad, Mum and three teenage kids.


site features:

The site is a large 700sqm suburban, block in Riverside Gardens, backing onto a bush reserve, then the river. The street frontage is on the south with the block widening to the rear boundary on the north.


local climate issues:

The Townsville area has a tropical climate with lower rainfall than other regions in the tropics. Summer months are hot and humid with bursts of monsoon rains from late December through to early April. Tropical cyclones may also develop in this season. The winter months are dominated by SE winds and blue skies, warm days and cool nights.




space requirements:

The design brief asked for 4 bedrooms, ensuite to main, study, music study, ‘open-plan’ casual living areaand games room, separate upstairs retreat, outdoor entertaining areas and a double garage.


building style:

The clients requested a two story, modern home that would make a ‘strong’ statement to the street.


relationship of building to site

the site:

The rectangular block has street frontages on the long boundary to the south and the short boundary to the east.


the design:

The orientation of the site enables the design to take advantage of the north-eastern orientation being the most favorable for our climate. Positioning the service areas on the west means, both the indoor and outdoor living areas on the north-east are sheltered from the undesirable western sun.



energy efficiency and environmental performance

passive design:

Multiple skillion roof lines make it possible for large overhangs to close down to the west and creates the opportunity to include high louvre windows.

The combination of raking ceilings and high louvre windows promote natural airflow and convection cooling. Whilst the open plan living area allows the cool, north-easterly breeze to flow through the house.


building materials:

Slab on ground and rendered masonry walls were used on the lower story with light weight material used upstairs. The various cladding materials break up the form of the building and add interest to the design.