Project Title

​Project Name: Clifton Hill House

Project Value: $1.3Mil

These triple story homes on top of Clifton Hill with amazing views of Melbourne were designed by Field Office Architecture and built by Sustainable Homes Melbourne. The clients on this project were extremely eco-conscience and motivated to build these homes to last a lifetime but also reduce their impact on the environment.
Located in a cul de sac overlooking Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, the site was quite difficult to with alot of fall from front to back and rock all throughout the footprint of the home.

The focus from the clients was longevity, low maintenance and sustainable. Which lead to alot of the sustainable features you’ll see below. What is gaining more and more popularity is the importance of a low-maintenance home. Which lead us to incorporate Glass all throughout the bathrooms instead of tiles which can be difficult to clean. And, Cutek penetrating oil to preserve external timbers long-term and allowing them to go grey while still being protected.

There was also a strong emphasis on thermal efficiency which lead to incorporating reverse brick veneer walls. Fortunately enough we were able to repurpose the bricks from a large red brick fence that was demolished from the property.
The use of natural and recycled materials was also of great importance to the clients. Particularly recycled timbers which were used in the timber flooring, eave lining, cladding and balustrades.

Of most importance to the clients and ourselves was the enjoyment and human relationships that were gained during the project, which will be long-lasting.

Project Features

Materials & ESD (Ecological Sustainable Development) Features

  • Recycled Messmate eave lining and some cladding
  • Recycled Messmate timber floor and stairs
  • Recycled red bricks (structural & internal)
  • Blackbutt timber decking (130×32)
  • Recycled Ironbark timber balustrades
  • Weathertex Ecogroove cladding
  • 140mm thick walls to First floor to allow for additional layer of insulation
  • Bondall Natural finish sealer to internal brickwalls
  • Cutek to all exposed timber
  • Sanden Eco plus Heat pump
  • Natural bluestone to balcony and front porch
  • Comcork flooring to Lower ground floor and storage areas
  • Dulux Professional Enviro2 internal paint
  • Osmo Natural timber oils to timber flooring

Passive Design Features

  • Reverse brick veneer construction
  • Large eaves to north elevation

Heating and Cooling

  • Airsmart Hi-velocity Heating and Refrigerated Cooling

Windows & Glazing

  • Double glazed timber windows from Elite Timber Windows
  • Double glazed aluminium windows from Rylock

Renewable Energy

  • LG NeON₂ solar panels
  • LG RESU 10H for SolarEdge Battery

Water Saving

  • 8/ 2000L Lowline Slim Water tanks

Trades involved


  • Timber floor – Recycled Messmate via @timberrevival
  • Timber floor sealer – @osmo_australia
  • Kitchen – @mint_kitchen_group
  • Joinery – @mtr.designer.cabinets
  • Painting – @quinnspainting


  • External cladding – @weathertexaus
  • Roofing – @colorbondsteel
  • First floor windows – @rylockaustralia

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