The recognition keeps coming for Swell Homes’ expertise in creating green, passive solar homes in Fremantle and Perth.
For the first time in 2016, we’ve been granted an influencer badge on Houzz, the website for all things building and design. This is in addition to gaining recommended design awards and customer services awards badge for the third year running.
The influencer badge is given to pros whose advice and knowledgeable posts are most appreciated by the Houzz community, while the recommended badge goes only to the top-rated pros on Houzz. Some of the projects we have been asked the most about are our Ozone project (built for and designed by Liz Prater) and the Perth City Pad.
Our most noticed projects on Houzz
Both Ozone and Perth City Pad projects were examples of our renovation and extension work. Ozone involved the renovation of a very uninspiring 1970s duplex into a bright, modern and stylish home that sits far more comfortably in its Cottesloe streetscape. While applying sustainable methods to use as much of the existing structure as practical, the fabric of the house was substantially altered. The increased emphasis on seamless indoor/outdoor living in the new design now makes the most of Ozone’s beachside location. The use of natural stone travertine to link indoor and outdoor spaces is a design highlight, but also serves a practical purpose in Perth’s hot climate as travertine is a natural thermal heat sink.
Perth City Pad was the renovation and extension of one of the classic 1890s workers’ cottages of the inner Perth area. Lovely and character filled as they are to look at, many of these un-renovated period homes do not fit the modern lifestyle – particularly when, like this address, they have been subject to earlier poorly planned extensions. Working with the typical narrow block of this style of housing, we created a new kitchen, dining, Laundry, Bathroom and outdoor space that filled the back of the house with light. A warehouse-style polished concrete slab was poured to create a modern hard wearing floor that also acts as a heat sink. The extension was tied into the older part of the house by exposing the beautiful original aged brick in a section of the passage wall.
Applying solar passive design to existing homes
It’s no matter of luck that Swell Homes is now being noticed for our work on renovations and extensions that are based on introducing solar passive design to existing homes. Home owners are becoming more aware of modern innovations in building that allow us to live more sustainably and efficiently. Most of our renovation clients are interested in how they can adapt their existing older houses so that they can enjoy comfortable temperatures year round, without burning through fossil fuels and money. Even in smaller renovation and extension projects, there are definite design methodologies and materials that can be put in place to substantially improve the energy efficiency performance and comfort of your home.
Expert Panel commentary
Our expertise in passive solar building and renovation also saw Swell Homes principal, Anthony being invited to join a panel of contributors for an article in The Builders Choice magazine, the quarterly publication for the Western Australian Architectural and Building industry.
The panel was chosen to comment on the factors they think will influence the building trends in Perth over the next 20 years, particularly in the use of alternative building materials.
Anthony’s future picks for growth were green innovations such as enhanced solar gathering and increased of household DC batteries for energy storage, reducing households current dependence on fossil fuels. With an eye on increasing urban density and infill projects, as well as greater energy self-sufficiency, Anthony also predicted that electric cars will become far more widely used. One exciting new innovation Anthony has a keen eye on is new composite building products that incorporated water filled walls – creating both ambient mass and a source of drinking water.
Want to take advantage of our expertise?
If you are planning a renovation or extension in Perth and want to access proven Green Homes expertise, get in touch with Swell Homes today to discuss how we can help.