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Diesel’s House

Named after the owner’s dog, Diesel’s House is a quirky U-shaped eco-house built on a tight suburban block, not too far from the beach and Marketta at Miami.

The owners lived in a tiny 1960s timber and fibro beach shack with low ceilings, no insulation and a verandah that blocked the winter sun. They wanted more living and guest space and a design that improved the connection from inside to backyard.

The existing house was dismantled and asbestos removed, and timber structural framing, weatherboards, French doors, and kitchen joinery kept for reuse in the new home.

It is built around a courtyard designed to optimise privacy, bring the outside in by maximising light, ventilation and views and create secluded spaces depending on sun and season. It has a 6.9 star energy rating.

41 Christine Avenue, Miami

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Building type: Residence
Architect: Sybiosphere, Rob Norman
Built: 2017
Website: renew.org.au/sanctuary-magazine/house-profiles/tune-up/?mc.cid

Images: Andy Macpherson Studio