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 on Nyleta Street. See geographical features and local facilities HERE.

The Garden has well-establish fruit and nut trees. The soil has been built up and improved over the years. Organic material has been retained and composted and very little water is lost to storm drains. A pumped irrigation system waters the entire garden and 7 raised sleeper wicker beds. You can rent a garden bed – see details HERE. For images see the gallery 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 ceilings

Surfmist (light, reflective colour) Colourbond roofing

3.1 kW PV solar system. Average daily usage = 7.47 kWh

450 Litre solar hot water system

30,500 litres of rainwater harvesting to all internal taps (except one inside and one outside for fire safety) includes an under-driveway concrete water tank, two slimline tanks supplying an irrigation system to every part of the garden. When full, this supplies the property for a month, after which we rely on town water until the next rainfall. Average daily town water consumption since construction date is about 125.7 litres. Installation costs of about $10K have been recouped in water bill savings.

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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