Award Winning Steel Home Within a Home

28 December 2005
All internal ceilings are made from ZINCALUME® steel in this award winning home in Glendale, New South Wales.

All internal ceilings are made from ZINCALUME® steel in this award winning home in Glendale, New South Wales.

Location: Glendale, New South Wales
Country: Australia
Architect: Bourne + Blue Architecture
Derren Lowe
Ph: 02 4929 1450
Builder: Heaton Smith Building Contractors
Phil Smith
Ph: 0418 680 123
Products Used:  ZINCALUME® steel for Roofing
Awards: Most Innovative Use of Steel Award in the Housing Industry Association's Hunter region

The Australian hay shed has inspired an award winning steel home that features a unique home within a home building system.

Specialist Newcastle builders Heaton Smith constructed the home in the Newcastle suburb of Glendale, capturing the Most Innovative Use of Steel Award in the Housing Industry Association's Hunter region.

Heaton Smith also were named finalists in the Custom Built Home Under A$500,000 category.

The design by Newcastle architects Bourne + Blue adopted the novel approach of using thermally efficient steel roofing panels and external steel walls for the home under a completely separate steel roof canopy.

The highly unusual design features a 900mm breezeway between the roof canopy and the house underneath - all of which features extensive use of ZINCALUME® steel internally and externally.

Bourne + Blue project architect Derren Lowe describes the design concept of the steel portal frame roof over the house proper as like the fly that covers a tent.

"The home is situated on a cul de sac in a semi rural area that is quite hidden away and the owners wanted to capture the feeling of living in the bush," said Mr Lowe.

"The design and choice of steel is also largely influenced by the need to provide bushfire protection for the house, which incorporates a sophisticated sprinkler system mounted on the ZINCALUME® steel structure.

"We also used ZINCALUME® steel for its rural connotations of sheds and farm buildings - and the steel theme carries through into the internal ceilings and walls."

The home uses 100mm-thick Ritek Custom Panels for the composite roof and ceilings, providing an R2.1 thermal efficiency rating.

Heaton Smith completed the challenging construction task, meeting a requirement to minimise any disturbance to the natural bushland site.

Phil Smith of Heaton Smith said an area only a couple of metres larger than the finished house was cleared within the virgin bushland to protect the environment and retain a privacy screen around the home.

"We were breaking new ground with most of the job, but our expertise lies in combining our skills as builders, plumbers and joiners to achieve our goal," he said.

"The architects devised all the concepts according to the owners' brief and we worked closely with them to bring the project to fruition.

"For Heaton Smith Building Contractors to win an award is testimony to the design quality of the final product - which actually went beyond the expectation of the owners.