Eco and budget friendly. With several clear goals in mind for building his very first home, owner Dave Prout was determined to create the ideal space within a modest budget. Sustainability principles were also of very high importance to Dave, in terms of materials used and the ongoing energy efficiency and environmental impact of the building. Choosing a block in the green and tranquil setting of the Eliza Ponds Estate, not far from the ocean gave Dave a great canvas to work with. And after consulting widely with friends who had built, and taking time to do online research, he selected Thompson Homes as his number one choice from a shortlist of 3 builders. “Thompson satisfied my sustainability goals, and their smaller, customer-centered approach was very reassuring,” says Dave.

Contemporary charm. Having grown up in WA, Dave’s earliest memories were of family life in an old weatherboard shack in Subiaco and his vision for the design included some key elements from his childhood home. Starting with one of the standard Thompson designs offering a weatherboard-style exterior made from durable Primeline Chamfer board, Dave customised the layout slightly to relocate the study nook away from the kitchen. The result is a fresh modern look, using white and polished concrete to bring even more light into the open plan interior, balanced by the familiar charm of the weatherboard façade.

A breeze to build. Dave’s choice of home had to be within budget, but a bonus feature of the Thompson approach is just how fast their properties can be built. From laying the slab to completion took around 12 weeks and it’s the efficient construction methods of timber frame building that make this possible. Because the frames and trusses are all pre-fabricated offsite, they’re faster to install, saving on building time and costs. The lightweight cladding materials are also pre-cut, so there’s a big reduction in waste materials being sent to landfill.

“I had a vision for something fresh, though not at the expense of the more traditional aspects of yesteryear.”
Dave Prout, Homeowner
“I couldn't think of a better use of the space. It's reimagined for me what's possible for a single storey narrow lot design.”
Dave Prout, Homeowner

Embrace the space. Another positive outcome that surprised Dave was some extra room to maneuver with the floor plan. With it’s slender wall profile, the timber frame allows for more internal space than traditional double brick construction. And in Dave’s case, this allowed him to have all three bedrooms at the front with the benefit of a beautiful view. It’s something he wouldn’t have thought possible on an 8m wide block. “Each of the home’s three bedrooms have a lovely aspect overlooking the park,” says Dave. “It really adds an enhanced sense of space to each of the rooms.”

“The reduced build times would have to be the greatest benefit to the home owner.”
Russell Sibbison – General Manager, Thompson Sustainable Homes

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