Compass Architecture
Compass Architecture

Farm House, Jerrara

located on the land of the WODI WODI PEOPE of the DHARAWAL NATION

Key Features

Improved Orientation Plan
Open Living Spaces
Natural Light
Good Insulation
Low Maintenance
Double Glazed Windows and Doors

The Site

The original farmhouse was built in 1920; a four-room weatherboard perched atop the hill. Its elevated position over the Jamberoo Valley and ocean is uniquely beautiful. 

The Brief

Seeking to extend their home to accommodate the family, the clients requested initial alterations to bring the house up to solar passive design standards.

The Process

As capturing views from the northern orientation was paramount, alterations and additions were made to improve the orientation of living areas. A simple, evocative barn form was used to create simple volumes in the landscape and limit the home’s footprint.


  • Passive Solar Design 
  • Minimum Footprint 
  • Energy: Grid and future solar power system 
  • Double Glazing 
  • Wood Heater 
  • Heat: Heat pump for hot water system 
  • Water: Water-saving fixtures and appliances 
  • Rainwater Harvesting