Local sustainability

The Space

The Land

A 802 m2 sub-dividable double block on the eastern slope of Lewis Hill. In a quiet pocket of Coopers Plains, Nyleta Street. See geographical features and local facilities here.

The Buildings

The house is a narrow-block Barambah style by Garth Chapman Traditional Queenslanders, draughted by Kevin Hincksman and built by Andrew Black of Designer Homes Qld P/L. Completed February 2011. There are 4 bedrooms and a guest room, a study or media room, 3 bathrooms (1 ensuite) 2 kitchens and laundries, 3 decks and an open-plan living and dining room. The ground floor area can function as a self-contained apartment on a sub-meter.

Attached is a substantial bungalow with power, currently used as storage and equipment. It can be modified to create a separate, self-contained dwelling.

Total cost of buildings + furnishings $603,662. See images here.

Twelve months of planning and building was followed by 2-3 years of constructing and developing the fully reticulated irrigated permaculture garden and rainwater harvesting systems. There is scope for an outdoor pool or a 3rd dwelling.

The Money

The gross income range is $1,400 – $3,360 per month from both rent and solar power.

Expenses average less than $900 per month.

The Good Sense Savings of Sustainability

The house has a high star sustainability rating under the Qld Development Code MP4.1 due to the following features:

Insulation to all walls and ceilingsEF30Aug2015

Surfmist (light, reflective colour) Colourbond roofing

3.1 kW PV system

450 Litre solar hot water system

30.5K litres of rainwater harvesting to all internal taps (except one inside and one outside for fire safety)

Energy efficient lighting (LEDs and Energy saver fluorescents)

Passive design – rear decks facing north

Awnings over windows

Cross ventilation

One 7.1 kW split level reverse-cycle air conditioner


The adjoining properties are sub-dividable.

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