Cathedralette: Passion for Sustainability!

On Saturday 30th July, our beautiful Cathedralette was awarded by the BDAV as Best Residential Design for New Houses up to $300K.

The Cathedralette House is a beautiful little exemplar of what is possible on a narrow site and a tight budget. Sustainable materials are used throughout from the radial cut timber weatherboards to the internal plywood clad walls. The sweeping roof and radial weatherboards are not only an homage to the nearby heritage timber chapel, but minimise operational and lifecycle cost. Rough sawn textures are juxtaposed against smooth plywood and striking charcoal fascia. It is contemporary, yet sits sympathetically next to its cottage neighbours with a palette that harmonises with its native garden.

The judges opinions were:

“This modest budget make-over of a small cottage for an empty nester completely transforms this inner suburban home into a light-filled and airy modern home. Utilising a robust yet simple palette of finishes with a brave approach to maximising tight spaces, this design achieves a ‘cathedral-like’ openness within a very small footprint. The combination of no-nonsense lime-washed wall and ceiling claddings anchored by the softer and tactile featured archway results in a warm and welcoming and somewhat whimsical, interior. The home reflects the client’s passion for sustainability, love of nature and Australian materials. It is a brave little building.”

"The home reflects the client’s passion for sustainability, love of nature and Australian materials. It is a brave little building." - BDAV Judges


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