My Ideal House

Work con­tin­ues apace on Aus­tralian House & Gar­den and Mir­vac’s My Ideal House project, with the lock-up mile­stone now within sight.

Australian House & Garden - - News -

With the roof and ex­te­rior pan­els go­ing on, our win­ning home de­sign is tak­ing shape fast.

The ground floor walls are up, the front sec­tion of roof is on and My Ideal House is shap­ing up beau­ti­fully. “We are within a few weeks of reach­ing lock-up stage, which is al­ways a big mile­stone on any build,” says Rod­er­ick Pe­tre, NSW op­er­a­tions man­ager for Mir­vac.

With few weather dis­rup­tions thus far, the build at Crest by Mir­vac in Gledswood Hills, south-western Syd­ney, is pro­gress­ing smoothly. Scaf­fold­ing now shrouds the frame and much of the Color­bond steel roof­ing has been craned into place.

The flat roof is an im­por­tant el­e­ment of ar­chi­tect Madeleine Blanch­field’s win­ning My Ideal House de­sign and Color­bond is part of the Aus­tralian build­ing ver­nac­u­lar.

Us­ing a ther­mally ef­fi­cient roof­ing ma­te­rial such as this will help the fu­ture own­ers of My Ideal House keep a lid on cool­ing costs through­out the year. In sum­mer, the light­weight na­ture of an in­su­lated Color­bond roof en­sures less heat is ra­di­ated into the home at night: steel has a low ther­mal mass and cools down quickly once the sun moves away from it. In win­ter, the same steel roof, prop­erly in­su­lated, helps keep the heat in­side the house.

The choice of colour can also in­flu­ence ther­mal per­for­mance – pale tones ra­di­ate less heat. Hence the roof colour spec­i­fied for My Ideal House is a time­less sandy hue called Surfmist.

The flash­ing, gut­ters and down­pipes will also be the same colour. One of the light­est tones in the Color­bond range, it will play an im­por­tant role in reg­u­lat­ing the home’s tem­per­a­ture.

At the time of go­ing to print, Hebel pan­els had been af­fixed to the ground floor frame and the first floor was about to be­gin (see page 168). Next up, work starts on in­stalling fas­cias, gut­ter­ing and roof ser­vices, be­fore the ren­der­ing process be­gins. Fol­low the build jour­ney in H&G and on­line at myide­al­

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