Making more with less. Despite a compact 400m2 block and125m2 footprint house, this 3×2 design feels generous. You will often hear us saying that architecture is a collective effort, and importantly landscape is integral to the quality of living. Acknowledging this dynamic between house and landscape, LOOP Design & Build engaged Topio Landscape Architects at the beginning of the design process.

A material palette of Colorbond and fibre cement sheet is linked with detailed window surrounds and flashings. An oxide used in the burnished concrete floor and the terracotta bathroom tiles links back to the recycled brick walkway. Uncluttered surfaces are complemented by numerous windows, warm timber and olive green walls in the communal area, visually defining zones throughout the house.

Design features include a continuous 2700 ceiling flowing throughout the house, connecting spaces without doorways, a wonderful trapezoid skylight in the bathroom, and a courtyard deck that also serves as the front entrance.

Not only does a smaller design save cost in construction, it also frees up space for a garden, which allows in turn for more flexible and healthier living. Being a stroll away from the centre of Cowaramup town, the LOOP Design & Build concept house will encourage a more social life, and facilitate the development of a sense of belonging to place.


  • Material: Timber frame
  • Project size (sq.m.): 125
  • Price range (AU$): 300K
  • Location: Cowaramup
  • Year: 2018