Location: Murray Bridge S.A.
Completed: March 1989
Builder: owner built
Owner: David & Margaret Adams
Size: 250 sq. metres
Climate: dry,warm, temperate
The owners sought a straight-forward layout and conventional
farmhouse appearance achieving comfort with low services
demand. The house to have an integrated double garage and
workshop/salesroom for angora wool products as part
of the development.
The 1 ha site is on a north facing slope within a subdivision
on the edge of the town. The land was grazing land, with good
solar access and river and town views.
The site has a backdrop of mature pines on the high ground
south of the land, prominent when viewed from the South
Eastern Freeway and other roads of the town.
Conventional masonry veneer wall construction using light
coloured concrete masonry, deep verandas and double glazed
windows for comfort control. The dark roof used to blend
with the pinestand background has increased the heat
load on the building.
The design includes a clerestorey to the living room and
central corridor, and a skylight built into the north
facing veranda portico to maximise daylight to the
kitchen bay window.
Living areas have raked ceilings.
Rain water is roof collected and delivered by wet
stormwater/sump/syphon pipe and stored in underground
tanks for reticulation to the house.
Mains water and electricity are connected.
Space heating is by gas heaters in living and family rooms.
Ceiling fans in living room circulate air and minimise
heating and cooling rates needed.
Comfort is achieved by the passive performance of the
building, with the owners noting summer heat ingress
attributed to the roof deck colour.