Koowin Drive

This luxurious 301sqm home was to be designed and constructed to display the very latest Innovative designs and products that can be easily adapted to any home.


The client is one of the leading builders of quality homes in the Gladstone Area, with a reputation for quality & innovative building techniques. They wanted to build a new display home not only for generating sales, but also to show case their commitment to building environmentally sustainable & adaptable living homes. Being a display home & entering the builders standard range of plans this design needed to be adaptable for different locations.

The challenge was to achieve this on a standard 783m² residential block in an estate with tight covenants. Therefore the house still needed to retain a reasonably typical façade & retain some typical construction techniques. To address these points the client desired an open plan low set house that has the ability to be separated into separate Living Zones.The main living zone was to flow seamlessly out onto a  large outdoor entertainment are to take full advantage of living in the Central Queensland climate.The selection of internal materials, finishes & fixtures was to be of a high quality, yet also environmentally friendly to achieve accreditation & maintain the builders reputation for exceptional quality.

Some of this homes amazing design features include:

  • The house was passively designed, with primary living areas facing North, large eaves & garage positioned on the western side with minimal windows so as to protect the house from the harsh western sun .
  • The centrally located living areas flow north to south. The high skillion roof line combined with clerestory windows allows for excellent breeze paths enabling the house to stay cool in summer
  • Louvers throughout the home allow for consistent air flow through the house, ceiling fans throughout assisting this process
  • -The double insulated 3.6m high ceilings allows for hot air to rise and escape through the celestial windows, enabling better air flow & the hot air out. This allows natural temperature moderation of the house throughout the different climatic seasons
  • The front section of the home as been universally designed for disabled living with the wider doors and provisions for gab rails, this home can be easily adapted for the disabled
  • -G James Glass manufactured the frameless glass stacker doors and windows opening the kitchen and dining room into the alfresco area bringing the outside in. No joining post or tracks over the kitchen bench or floor hide the fact that this area can be closed up when needed. The result is a kitchen bench that appears to be placed in the middle of the patio.
  • A large “sliding wall” comprising of a large gliding top hung door, created from translucent glass and aluminium was designed to separate the 3rd zone comprised of a larger than normal hallway, bedrooms 2 & 3 and the formal lounge, or kids retreat. The idea of the large sliding wall was to enable the house to be opened up when required, but also to be closed off when it suited.
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