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Newtown Home: Winner 2015 HIA Awards Custom Built Home $600K-$800K

The site was created by the subdivision of two backyards of adjoining properties, also owned by our clients, to form a new allotment of approximately 450 square metres. Our clients wanted a contemporary home of modest proportions in harmony with the style of the older homes in the Newtown district, an inner city suburb of Hobart, designed and built to the highest standards.

MGArchitects Pty Ltd were engaged to design and Merlin Constructions were selected to construct the project. Merlin Constructions were involved from the early stages of the design, working closely with the project architects, providing advice on methodology and cost analyses.

The challenge was to construct a highly detailed two storey home of approximately 275 square metres on a site of only 450 square metres, with the added constraint of having to build up to both side boundaries.

We ensured that the construction process was painless for our client with constant sympathetic consultation resulting in a highly satisfied and happy client.


  • 7.5 Star Energy Rating
  • Natural Gas powered Hydronic in-slab heating to the ground floor polished concrete, with Hydronic Radiators to the upper level
  • Innovative sashless, double glazed, argon filled, horizontal sliding windows to the upper level
  • Expansive double glazed, argon filled glazing to the lower level, taking advantage of the passive solar gain during the winter months whilst shaded by the bespoke eaves structure during the summer months
  • Highly detailed joinery throughout with generous storage space
  • Tas Oak flooring, secret nailed to the upper level and a bespoke staircase constructed to meticulous detail
  • Double glazed Argon filled clerestory roof glazing over the Kitchen/Entry


Winner - 2015 HIA Tasmania Custom Built Home $600K-$800K


Architect: MGArchitects
Photography: Peter Mathews

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