The owner says the covered outdoor area shown here is ‘great for entertaining’. A pergola runs the length of one side of the home with wisteria and passionfruit vines, which are part of the passive design. ‘It’s a deciduous vine –– in other words it loses its leaves in winter so it lets the sun shine through, but in summer it has this rich crop of beautiful flowers and leaves to provide shade,’ Mr. Zaat says.
Mr. Zaat says he adopted a passive solar design, which includes thick concrete internal walls and well insulated external walls, and ceiling fans throughout the home. ‘The main house is a concrete slab on the ground with a tile finish, so you get heat transferred to and from the ground,’ he says. There is also a separate guesthouse.