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Kyal & Kara - Beam Me Up ep3

Kyal & Kara - Beam Me Up ep3


With construction of the Guest House complete it's time to focus on getting the main house locked up.

The frames arrived... and so did the rain.

After months and months of planning and design, Kyal & Kara's big dreams are finally starting to take shape. So big in fact that the scale of the build presents some faith-enduring challenges which almost tips Kyal over the edge.

The roof goes on, the windows go in, the scaffold comes down. Huzzah!

Installing the highlight windows at Blue Lagoon Build


Installing Wideline windows Paragon surfmist


The coastal home's north-facing block has been designed to incorporate highlight windows and a large void over the living space to capture the north light which will be appreciated especially in the winter for its natural warmth.

Kara says "This is a big part of the design of the home. And when you're upstairs it actually feels like you're in a bit of a tree house."

"It's so nice," adds Kyal. "We're looking straight out to the trees so the outlook's amazing."

house plans for north facing home


Keeping the connection between the home and coastal surrounds meant lots of windows and natural light.

"From the initial planning stages, we’ve worked alongside Wideline to ensure this happened," said Kara. "We’ve designed the home with raking windows on the northern and eastern aspects to capture that beautiful light, especially over the void of the main living area. There was a lot of back and forth initially to ensure that the home complied with the BASIX report, but we got there in the end."

After consultation from the Wideline R&D team, the couple implemented several recommendations which helped reduce their BASIX energy score. Such as:

  • reducing the window sizes on the eastern side of the home, which is not the source of heat in their part of the world but can experience a fair amount of heat loss. 
  • addition of external fixed shades to the windows on the southern side of the home, which means less sun hitting the glass and in turn reduction of heat gain. By fitting external shades they did not have to compromise the size of these larger openings or reduce the amount of natural light and view. 
  • specification of EnergyTech™ insulated glass for greater thermal control. Double glazing is a cheaper solution to thermally broken frames.  

"We’ve chosen windows and doors from the Wideline Paragon and Ascend ranges in the Textura® Surfmist finish. The finish is different to what we’ve chosen previously as they are a matt finish, and I love them! The Surfmist colour will tie in nicely with our eaves and external timber beams, which we’ll also paint in Surfmist." 

Watch episode 3 of the #BlueLagoonBuild renovation series "Beam Me Up" now:


Head over to see the more of the main house reveal in Episode 4 "The Hideout"!