This passive-solar-designed sustainable house in the countryside is at one with nature.
Located in a regional Northern New South Wales, this modern eco-friendly luxury home is far from your typical house. Built by Dan Wilks of David Reid Homes, creating this house was as much about building his dream home as it was about creating a structure that clearly defines what he is capable of as a David Reid luxury home builder.
The dwelling displays the best of passive-solar design and ‘green’ building. Dan is passionate about eco-friendly construction and has completed his Housing Industry Association (HIA) Greensmart Course. This beautiful home became his way of proving the theory.
Dan points out that the two most important aspects of building are orientation and insulation. Coupled with these are essential cross-flow ventilation, shading, and passive solar design for eco-friendly living.
“The orientation aspect is a classic example in our case. We have positioned our house a little northeast,” says Dan’s wife. Kylie. “This is perfect for our passive design, but our view of the town is more to the east. Most people think that’s the direction your house should face but although our house is facing the town, it doesn’t mean we don’t get to enjoy a view of it,” she explains.
The interiors are fresh and simple with a neutral theme of white, light and dark grey, complemented by browns from the timber elements. Occasional splashes of colour from furnishings and artwork.
A simple colour palette allows the texture of different materials to become the feature,” says Kylie, adding that the block walls give the house a structural grounding. The north-facing 4 m x 12 m glass doors are another stunning feature and let the tranquil bush view flow into the open style design.
The house has been custom designed to suit the family and, according to Kylie, “The design was about meeting different aspects of our life and future life. We can shut the door of the office and walk away,” says Kylie. The guest room, one of five bedrooms in the house, has its own separate access to the outside.
The Sustainable House and the Family
This sustainable house is open plan and spacious but with quiet areas, such as the library. For a family, the ease of access between the garage and indoors via a mudroom is important for making life more convenient. The positioning of the main bedroom means it has a stunning outlook of the peaceful countryside, it’s close to the living room of the house but retains privacy.
“It’s well-planned spaces like these that make large houses feel like a home.” With free reign over the kitchen design, Kylie decided to create a space with small galley areas. “It certainly doesn’t look like a conventional set-out, but it works for how we live,” she says of the kitchen layout. The kitchen has two distinct areas – one for coffee, tea and breakfast; one for preparation and cooking. The island bench brings the room together and acts as a central space for catching up, serving meals and homework.
Dan’s favourite element of this dream sustainable home is the staircase. It’s a demonstration of excellent planning and workmanship. The result is simple and stunning. The passive design of this rural luxury home includes louvre windows to assist with excellent cross-flow ventilation, hydronic in-slab heating, reverse masonry walls, solar panels, extended eaves on the north side for protection from the summer heat, and extra insulation.
The lawn is watered using a Biolytix waste management system and the western side of the house has an ornamental grapevine growing to assist in shielding the house from the sun in summer while allowing warm sunlight to penetrate during the winter when the vine’s leaves drop.
Dan designed and handmade the home’s concrete panels, which act as a heat pack. “They conduct heat when the sun is long gone and work like magic!” Says Kylie.
With its practical and stylish design, this beautiful sustainable house is energy-efficient and proof that passive eco-design is achievable. It’s no surprise then, that this stylish, contemporary family home was a finalist in the 2013 HIA northern New South Wales housing awards.
Home Design Magazine volume 16, number 6 “The Summer Living Issue”
Spectacular Luxury Home by David Reid Homes Hervey Bay
The housing market on the Fraser Coast has been enriched with the opening of a stunning new David Reid Homes Fraser Coast Display Home! The stylish new display in Hervey Bay offers a generous four-bedroom home with a spacious open and airy feel.
“There is a very strong zonal design approach in this home with the parent’s retreat set away from the formal and informal living areas”. David Reid Homes Hervey Bay director Tony Stallard said.
The secondary bedrooms and main bathroom are located in a separate wing, which connects with the communal living areas. The unique design is to be expected from luxury builders of the caliber of Tony and his team.
Once you enter the home through a covered porch area, there is a large open entry which creates a sense of occasion on arrival. From this entry, you walk through to an open living area, kitchen, and dining and takes in views of the spacious outdoor alfresco area.
These zones have an easy flow throughout
The zones are not rigid spaces but rather have an easy flow throughout right down to the multipurpose room. This flow extends to the outdoor living area which is ideally suited to the bay-side lifestyle.
“People live differently today and no longer feel the need to have separate rooms cut off from each other. There has been a huge shift to open plan living in recent years as people’s lifestyles have changed and become much busier,” Tony said.
Sometimes offering people less actually gives them a lot more. By removing the unnecessary walls throughout the home we have created a spacious, easy living custom built home.
Luxury Home Builders take a Different Approach
Our design approach is to think about how people live day-to-day and then incorporate features into a home. The beauty of being custom home builders is that we can build what best suits the owners and their families.
The ‘Barwon’ is a prestigious home design from our extensive range of homes on offer by David Reid Homes. The range of designs is extensive, featuring homes designed to suit people building their first home through to large luxurious designs!
The kitchen, living, dining, and alfresco areas are the hub of the ‘Barwon’.
Externally, the combination of earthy tones and painted texture finish, combined with Colorbond roofing creates a very strong street presence.
Tony Stallard has certainly made an impact on the Central Coast with this stunning new Display Home!
David Reid Homes is a custom home builder company, specialising in building unique designs with quality craftsmanship for luxury homes.
With offices throughout Australia, you can rest assured you are receiving a consistent level of superior service no matter where you choose to build your dream home.
At David Reid Homes, we like to do things differently. It’s our people that make the difference. Our professional team of designers, custom home builders, and interior decorators are passionate about luxury custom homes.
They will help you to design and build your dream home on time and within budget.
We Raise the Standard
Our motto “Raising the Standard”, award-winning Display Homes, and many satisfied clients are a testament to our proven ability to deliver every time!
It takes skill, vision, and determination to see a building project from beginning to end. For the team at David Reid Homes, these attributes have seen the company expand nationally. David Reid Homes are custom home builders dedicated to creating beautiful homes for clients all over the country.
The company’s philosophy, “To continually raise the standard of design, innovation, quality, service, and value to levels which others can only attempt to aspire to.” Resonates throughout every department.
In certain situations, clients prefer to draw inspiration from existing designs. David Reid Homes has an extensive portfolio of concept designs to help homeowners envisage and understand how our builders can turn their dream home to reality. Our range of concept designs have been expertly created so that you can see how our innovation, custom designs, materials, and technology can make a unique custom-built, luxury home.
From ideas to architecture, our close-knit team of builders work tirelessly to create the perfect home for every client. This dedication to its art has seen the company receive many awards throughout Australia.
both family and community-focused and concentrate on creating custom-built homes for local folk, working alongside local tradespeople and suppliers.
David Reid Homes Central West is owned and operated by a local mum and dad team, Cobey and Kasey Byrne in Orange NSW. They are
They’re not just custom home builders in Orange of course. David Reid Homes Central West covers the area including Bathurst, Cowra, Forbes, Mudgee, Orange and Parkes, and everywhere in between!
About Cobey and Kasey
Cobey has lived in Orange his whole life and served out his apprenticeship with a large local building company. He then started his own building company ‘Byrne Built’ in 2009, building residential homes in the area. Kasey, Cobey’s partner of 11 years is also a local.
Kasey grew up around the building industry and has always been involved in Cobey’s ventures! She is currently teaching in a local high school but also plays an integral role in David Reid Homes Central West.
Cobey and Kasey are both very family and community orientated and use local trades and suppliers of the region as much as possible, supporting local sporting associations and are keen fundraisers for local causes.
Why David Reid Homes?
David Reid Homes’ motto is ‘Raising The Standard’. This is why Cobey joined the group. He knew that David Reid Homes Custom Home Builders would assist him in raising the standard of his homes to a new level.
Being members of the David Reid Homes team gives David Reid Homes Central West access to the professional team of designers, home builders and interior decorators who all share a passion for custom-built luxury homes.
Together they will help design and build your dream luxury home within your time and financial budgets!
They are your custom home builders and luxury home builders for the Central West area of New South Wales.
Looking for your own custom-built luxury home?
As Australia’s premier custom home builders, David Reid Homes is a pioneer in the building industry’s efforts to deliver homes that are safer, warmer, healthier, and more energy-efficient.
We’ll collaborate with you to find the solutions that work best for you and your family to improve your home’s comfort and value for many years to come.
Here is a checklist to consider for a future proof luxury home by Australia’s Custom Home Builders, David Reid Homes.
Passive solar design – thermal mass, north-facing glass with shading systems
Use recycled content (e.g. GB slag blend) for concrete slabs
Use materials with low embodied energy
Plantation or recycled timber only
LED lighting. Use motion-sensitive switches to activate and turn off where appropriate
Shading with adjustable louvers for seasonal variation
Energy generation: Solar panels, solar water heating
Rainwater collection system and tanks
Safe paints and floor finishes
Insulation – roof, wall, and floor
Energy-efficient appliances – 5 stars or better (dishwasher, fridge, stove, air conditioner if fitted)
Grey water treatment system
Drought tolerant garden
Vegetable and herb garden
“Solar chimney” incorporated in the design to naturally vent hot air
Appropriate sizing of rooms and overall building
Multi-level/split level configuration to minimise the footprint
David Reid Homes is a national building company specialising in unique custom designs. David Reid Homes are custom home builders of luxury homes.
With offices throughout Australia, you can be assured of receiving a consistent level of superior service no matter where you choose to build your luxury home. At David Reid Homes we do things differently and it is our people that make the difference.
Our professional team of designers, custom home builders and interior decorators are passionate about luxury homes and will help you to design and build your dream luxury home on time and within budget.
Our motto is Raising the Standard and our award winning display Homes and numerous satisfied clients are testament to our proven ability to deliver time and time again.
In certain situations, clients prefer to draw inspiration from existing designs; David Reid Homes has an extensive portfolio of concept custom home designs to help homeowners make the right decision.
“Our suite of concept designs has been exclusively created so you can see how design, aesthetics, materials and technology can make a difference in your new home,”
We would love the opportunity to meet with you and with the help of our expert luxury home builders, create your dream luxury home.
– Managing Director, David Reid Homes Ken Beissel.
David Reid Homes Shoalhaven created this incredible hideaway for Jervis Bay home owner, Laura-Lee Chick. Laura-Lee and her family enjoyed many well-deserved breaks in their old fibro beach shack. But with five adult children and seven grandchildren, the family had outgrown their home. This project became a complete knock down rebuild for the Chicks, who still wanted to retain the comfy beach house appeal feel that they had all grown to know and love, but with more space for their ever growing family.
Watch the video below for a walk inside this Hamptons inspired home.
Shoalhaven builder David Reid built a magnificent timber home with an open plan design and enough room for all three generations to share! Included in the design are five generous bedrooms, three bathrooms and large open entertainment areas with a feature fireplace and raked ceilings. expansive decks complement restful landscaping and link the outdoors to the comforts of the interior. To add to the spacious decks, they offer incomparable views of Jervis Bay from the upper deck and a perfect year-round home, whether for entertaining or just sitting back and chilling out.
“The brief for this house was a spacious, free-flowing design with large outdoor areas,” according to David Reid. “The homeowners wanted the exterior to reflect a little bit of the Hamptons style,”.
In creating the design, David Reid worked closely with the owners in researching various beach house designs and incorporating them into this incredible project. The finished product ideally marries an element of formality with the beauty of a casual beachside holiday home. While the finish on the home includes extensive use of white and limed timber, the Jervis Bay environment brings colour, natural character and texture to the entire creation.
The addition of stone compliments the natural surroundings of the ancient volcanic rocks and beautiful golden sands of the area. Ample staircases and added seating on the decks create a relaxing and comfortable environment for the owners and their guests. Laura-Lee loves the spaciousness of the house and particularly the upper deck area.
Many of the developments that became part of the finished project were made as the build progressed. “Custom building is about changes on the run, not just building the home,” David explained. “Our aim is to get it right for the client and achieve the best outcome for them.”
Laura-Lee and her family are thrilled with the way that David has worked with them in a collaborative and understanding manner. The homes kitchen even includes a scullery! This is perfect for Laura-Lee as she is a keen entertainer of numerous guests. The entrance to the ensuite has been built to offer privacy which was one of her main requirements. These changes were seamlessly handled by David and his team as the project was under construction.
Hyams Beach presents a magnificent outlook for the home with unobstructed views while the home’s unique and tailored design brings welcome privacy and an air of seclusion. Laura-Lee sums the outcome up perfectly. “It’s just a beautiful, comfortable, easily maintained home.”
To find out how you too can enjoy your luxury home on the beautiful south coast, contact us:
"David Reid Homes is a national building company specialising in unique designs and quality craftsmanship for luxury custom homes."
David Reid Homes is a national building company specialising in unique designs and quality craftsmanship for luxury homes. With offices throughout Australia, you can be assured of receiving a consistent level of superior service no matter where you choose to build your luxury home. At David Reid Homes we do things differently, and it is our people that make the difference.