Frankston South Home, Victoria, Australia

Restoring a house to its former glory; improving the design, sustainability and liveability on the way.

The Frankston South house was in a dilapidated condition and required restoration.  The design required making the most of the existing building and salvaged materials.  Any new construction had to be minimized to keep within budget.  The architectural design for this building transformed it into a beautiful home with improved liveability, utilizing recycled materials and building elements into the existing building to facilitate an economically built sustainable home.


Before restoration work started the Frankston South Home was in a dilapidated condition

A Brief Description

BP Architects, experts in green architecture, ensured that the original character of the house was retained during the renovation. Each addition and modification was completed while maintaining the architectural style of the existing building.  Efficient and effective remodelling of the interior of this home, transformed it into a user friendly home, resulting in only a small addition at the rear of the house being required to be built.

Detailed Feature Description

BP Architects added certain factors to the existing design of the house to make it a sustainable building. Second-hand bay windows were used to let the light in, providing seating to contemplate serene views of the surrounding nature. Use of the recycled windows and recycled timber, for the deck and veranda posts, were economical options, as was remodelling and reusing the existing kitchen cupboards and using recycled marble bench tops.

The interior of the house was redesigned and remodelled in order to suit the lifestyle of the residents.  Stone retrieved from the garden was used to construct the external paving and stairs.  The successful merging of new construction and modifications with the old building resulted in a home that looked like it always should.


Frankston South Home, after new front deck, stone steps and restored facade

The Weather Conditions

The Frankston South Home sits on Oliver’s Hill with views of Port Phillip Bay.  It is in a protected suburban location and surrounded with leafy gardens.

Energy Efficiency

The architect worked with the Clients’ and their needs in using second hand and recycled materials in an environmental friendly way. The final design of the house not only achieved its former glory in appearance but fulfilled the energy efficient needs of a contemporary sustainable home.


The architect was very careful about enhancing the original aesthetic of the house. Most of the remodelling was completed using second hand, re-used, salvaged and recycled materials that suited the character of the house. The addition of the deck and verandah was in keeping with the character of the home.

By the time that their house was finished, neighbours could not believe that all was done on a limited budget. This is the expertise of BP Architects. The Clients spent a small fraction of what their neighbour’s thought they had spent with one neighbour saying to them, when their home was completed, ‘You must have spent millions’.

The Frankston South Home is just another addition to the successful home designs by these award winning architects.  BP Architects were awarded the Building Services & Construction Award, for their work and the work done on the Frankston South Home, at the Frankston & Mornington Peninsula Excellence in Business Awards.

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West St Kilda House, Victoria, Australia

A Heritage cottage designed to be a Green, Innovative, Sustainable, and Contemporary Home.


This home consists of a contemporary double storey extension to an existing heritage cottage that is over 110years old.  It combines the functions of a mixed use building providing workspace, health and Wellness facilities and accommodation.

In addition to a good example of sustainable building design and green architecture, the home provides an environmental aesthetic in the form of courtyards, roof garden and balcony. The design also incorporates a strong visual connection to the surrounding parklands and gardens, meeting the needs of the Clients who have strong convictions to green living and lifestyle.

A Brief Description

The new contemporary extension, built to the rear of the existing heritage cottage, maintains the character of the cottage with a visual and physical separation of the old and the new architecture with use of the courtyard and roof garden.  The existing cottage was restored and utilized as studio offices providing the workspace needs of the residents.

Detailed Feature Description

The intelligent design by BP Architects allows for the transition from the heritage cottage into a contemporary home while making it self-sufficient and sustainable. The home is open and light with a high aspect of luxurious spacious quality.

The design was planned to keep the visual connection to the surrounding environment including views to the canopy of the Australian native cherry tree.

The Weather Conditions

The West st Kilda home is located in an inner city suburb with shared neighbouring party and boundary walls.  The House has views of the gardens, parklands and tree tops connecting the occupants to the surrounding environment with vistas and scenes.

Energy Efficiency

BP Architects specialise in designing sustainable buildings that help you live in a green way. The design of this house includes phase change materials, providing thermal mass for maintaining indoor temperatures, LED energy efficient lighting and features and 7.2 KWh photovoltaic (PV) array.  The PV array exports enough power for 9 homes.  The Brief called for energy & water efficiency & production.  Clients stated that “the performance of the building has fulfilled these requirements”.

The house while being contemporary and innovative in design is highly energy efficient. The house feature low household energy consumption, comfortable indoor air temperatures, natural day lighting levels, a solar courtyard facing the north and much more.

Clients stated that the “downstairs rooms remain cool even after successive days in excess of 40 degrees” and that the “house is so well insulated that even on the coldest days only minimal intervention from the Hydronic heating system has been needed’. 


The roof form allows for sky windows and saw tooth roof. The sky window faces north bringing in warmth from the winter sun. The aesthetic of the house is enhanced by interconnecting courtyards, balcony and a roof garden. The Sawtooth roof provides soft diffuse southern day lighting to living areas & a north facing roof platform for the photovoltaic array.

The design intelligently combines green architecture and innovation. The house allows the residents to live with high standards of luxury while not compromising on their convictions for green living. In a time when people want to live with convenience and accessible technology, it becomes a challenge to cut down your ecological footprint on the environment. BP Architects uses their expertise in this field to design Sustainable homes that meet the needs and specific requirements of their clients, are environmentally friendly and also speak of modern architecture.


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North Elevation, Carrajung Home.  A home built into a hill

Carrajung Home, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

The Client thought her home would look like an underground bunker.  She was pleasantly surprised.

A home designed in a high Bushfire Attack Level (BAL), located in South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, is another master work from the award winning architects, BP Architects. With expertise in green architecture, this home has been designed for a medical doctor in search of a lifestyle change.

The house is surrounded by the serenity of nature and lies in an area of high BAL 40 and BAL FZ. A home is supposed to be a safe haven for its occupants so the location greatly impacted on the design decisions for this home. Although living in a high bushfire zone can be a cause of apprehension, it is possible to design and build houses with a high degree of bushfire safety.  Understanding that leaving the house early, if at risk of bushfire attack is always the first option.

The design for this home was sent to the Country Fire Authority (CFA) who not only approved the design but stated that it was one of best designs that they had seen in relation to considering safety against the threat of bushfire attack.

A Brief Description

The Carrajung home is a semi-berm building, built into the side of an existing hill located on a rural allotment of over 100 acres. The house has been designed keeping the client’s needs and residential purposes in mind.  Important in the design of the home, was the transition for the client going into a semi-retirement phase looking for a lifestyle change.

BP Architects specialise in designing homes that can reduce your ecological footprint and this home is no different. The house is off-grid and has no mains water.  The photovoltaic power supply, with battery storage, evacuated tube solar hot water and 120,000L rainwater tank makes it self-sufficient for these amenities. The north facing windows, sun shading devices and interior thermal mass add to factors that make this house environmental friendly.


Roof Garden, Carrajung Home

Detailed Feature Description

The Client looked forward to her lifestyle change which included her new home; a home designed to use modern green energy technology, achieving energy autonomy and using energy intelligently, in a sustainable, comfortable living environment. The Client’s future hobbies and activities were considered and accommodated in the home design.

The surrounds of the house consisted of natural beauty including remnants of the Tarra Bulga National Park and native and plantation timber forests. The home was designed in a way that this scenic beauty is enjoyed from all aspects of the home to enhance quality of living.

High Risk bushfire design was considered throughout the design of this home.  The panoramic view of the home provided clear views to detect any threat of bushfire.  The existing hillside, running down behind the house, continues over the building as a roof garden.  Bushfires will burn more slowly coming down a hill than up a hill.Bushfire Behaviour.  The cellar doubled as a smoke and fire proof room and an emergency escape route was provided within the home.

The Weather Conditions

The region where this house is located is prone to extreme climate conditions. Winter can bring snow while summer temperatures can exceed 40 degree Celsius. In these extremes of climate, the home was designed to maintain comfort for all weather conditions.

Energy Efficiency

This house is a good example of a sustainable building and a home designed for bushfire attack. The home is self-sufficient given its photovoltaic array, efficient wood stove and air transfer ducts moving warm air into rooms with just a flick of the switch. Sustainable home designs are a speciality of BP Architects and this is an exemplary example of their work.


The house is a skewed rectilinear design with large sliding doors maximizing the view of the surrounding panorama of nature and optimizing the amount of the winter sun. Curved perforated metal sunscreens protect against the summer sun and enhance the facade.

Clerestory windows above the kitchen allow north light to filter to the back of the building.  The roof garden ties the house to the surrounding hill and landscape.

The Client said that she thought that her new home would be an ‘earth shelter home that looked like a bunker’, given the architectural brief and siting of her new home.  She was delighted to see her home take form and shape without the look or feel of an underground shelter.  She particularly liked the way the building responded to the landscape with the faceted facade, which added dimension and variation to the home.

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BP Architects wins local government Award for Business Excellence for architectural work in environmental sustainable design. A Gala Dinner was held on Thursday 24 October 2013 where BP Architects was announced winner of the Frankston & Mornington Peninsula Excellence in Business Awards 2013 for Building Services.  BP Architects were also finalists in the Award category of Environmental Sustainability.

The Minister for Small Business the Hon. Bruce Billson MP was present at the Awards ceremony, with the Frankston Mayor Cr. Sandra Mayer & Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Cr. Lynn Bowden with over 200 guests attending.

The Awards judges stated that

“Bridget Puszka’s architectural designs are innovative, contemporary and environmentally sustainable. Her 20 years of experience is supported by an extensive list of qualifications which supports projects internationally as well as locally. She is to be commended on her success in developing a successful niche business in a field that can be highly competitive”.

About BP Architects

BP Architects started in Langwarrin in 2000 & is owned by Bridget Puszka.  It opened a St Kilda office in 2005 has enjoyed 13 years as an independent business.

BP Architects is known for its innovative, contemporary and environmentally sustainable architectural designs and has won numerous awards for the energy building efficiency of the building designs & for sustainable business practices.  The business maintains its commitment to environmentally friendly business practices & building services designing zero energy & energy positive buildings. For more information, please visit

About BP Architects designed Frankston South Home

The comfort & building performance of the Frankston South home worked well and when the Awards Juror entered the home the first thing he said was ‘Wow’.  He could feel the fresh cooling breezes being drawn through the house from the rear garden cooling the house on a hot summer day.

The Owners of the house were resourceful in sourcing materials which were later designed into the retrofit of their home.  These materials were mostly second hand, salvaged & the reuse of existing materials from the demolition of the house such as the kitchen which was refurbished & a new (second-hand) marble bench tops added.

Neighbours who visited the home said that they ‘must have spent millions’ on renovating their home when the home was economically built within budget.

BP Architects were commissioned to design the retrofit of this home as Bridget works in collaboration with her Clients in designing their energy efficient sustainable homes. The Frankston South Home is a Sustainable Heritage project.


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For more information about BP Architects please contact

Bridget Puszka, Senior Design Architect

460 North Road Langwarrin

32A Greeves Street St Kilda

Office: (03) 9525 3780

Fax: (03) 9525 3780