A-HA! Studio 2019

Location
Crafers West SA 5152
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Project Type:
    • New Build
    • Builder
    • Jesse Zilm & Isabella James (Owner builders)
    • Designer
    • A-HA! Design Studio



About A-HA! Studio

A-HA! Studio (completed 2017)
Total floor area: 64.5m2

A-HA Studio is an experimental small scale house, designed, funded, and hand built by designers and owners Isabella & Jesse. Starting the process from the age of 25, both designers saw the opportunity to hone their design skills by becoming ‘owner builders’ and learning by ‘doing’. Isabella and Jesse played a physical role in a majority of the Studio build and project managed the endeavor from start to finish.

The project was inspired by the property’s location in the Adelaide Hills, the existing established garden and the original structure built by the former owners who loved it. The Studio is a small, highly functional, comfortable and sustainable space immersed by the established original garden, as well as new kitchen gardens and poetic, contemporary landscaping.

A-HA Studio’s simple geometry humbly utilises sustainable and passive design principles and incorporates bushfire prevention & safety provisions. The tiny 64.5m2 house has limited mechanical heating or cooling, northern orientation, double glazing, incorporates recycled materials where possible and boasts a worm farm waste system to treat all domestic and household wastes. The finished form and material palette complements the local Adelaide Hills aesthetic, surrounded by the seasonal changes of the garden. The design seeks to illustrate high standards in craftsmanship, precise details, sustainable design, excellence in architecture and low cost building methods.

Both designers currently live and work in this space and have done so for the past 2 years.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2019
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENT FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Draught proofing
      Efficient lighting
      Efficient appliances
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
      Passive solar designed home
      Shading
      Thermal mass
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans

    • Active heating cooling:
    • Combustion heater
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground rainwater storage
      Blackwater system
      Grey water system
      Worm farm septic tank system
      Stormwater management
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Mix Glavanised Round & Slim line tanks
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 38,500L
    • Storage connected to
    • Garden
    • Energy Efficient Lighting
    • LED lights throughout
      Natural daylight
      Skylight
    • Window Protection:
    • Drapes/curtains

    • Window Protection:
    • Fixed custom shrouds
SUSTAINABLE & RECYCLED MATERIALS
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Tiles
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Aggregate
      Appliances
      Bricks
      Copper pipes/fittings
      Concrete
      Kitchen cabinets
      Paving
      Timber

INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Under-roof
      Ceiling
      Internal walls
      External walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Ceiling Rating:
    • R6.0
    • Floor Type:
    • Underslab - Insulation ridgid boards
    • Floor Rating:
    • R2.5
    • Under Roof Insulation Type:
    • Building blanket
    • Under Roof Insulation Rating:
    • R1.3
    • Internal Walls Insulation Type:
    • Bulk – glass wool
    • Internal Walls Insulation Rating:
    • R2.7
    • External Walls Rating:
    • R2.7
    • External Walls Type:
    • Bulk - glass wool and Air-cell insulation
RENEWABLE ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • All-Electric Home?
    • Yes
HOUSE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
    • House Size
    • 64.5m2
    • BAL Rating
    • BAL – 29: Increasing levels of ember attack and ignition of debris with a heat flux of up to 29kW/m2
    • Roof
    • Metal (Colorbond)
    • Wall Materials
    • Concrete blocks
      Lightweight construction (timber frame)
    • Window and Door Types
    • Awning
      Bi Fold
      Double glazing
      Skylights
      Stacking windows/doors
    • Universal design accessability
    • Adaptive design
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 1
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 1
GARDEN AND WASTE REDUCTION
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Bee keeping
      Bee hotels/friendly
      Composting
      Edible garden
      Organic
      Native plants
      Water wise plants
    • Waste Reduction Practices:
    • Compost all food scraps
      Recycle
      Repair
      Swap with friends and neighbours
HEALTHY HOME FEATURES
    • Healthy home features
    • Airtight house design
      Cabinet design to minimise dust collection
      Chemical free cleaning products used
      Cross flow ventilation
      Indoor plants for air filtration
      Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
      Natural light and ventilation
      No carpets
      Wax based sealer/finish