Kieran Gibson’s granny flat-style home is in the middle of the bush at Agnes Water.
Kieran Gibson’s granny flat-style home is in the middle of the bush at Agnes Water. Mike Richards

Agnes Water holiday home works with climate

KIERAN Gibson's butterfly-style roof at his Agnes Water property is his pride and joy.

The 60sq m flat is on 2.83ha (seven acres) at Anderson Way, with plenty of space for Mr Gibson's dogs to run around.

It is a peaceful, one-bedroom property with a kitchen and living area.

Mr Gibson and his partner retreat to the house on weekends, enjoying the outdoor spa bath and rustic camping area.

They reside in Agnes Water during the week but love staying in their cosy home during their down time.

"On weekends we will have a fire and toast marshmallows on the fire," he said.

The builder's unique idea of creating an upside down roof truss was just an experiment but one that paid off.

The house won Wide Bay House of the Year in 2012 for the category of Custom Home under $300,000.

"It was a test of a theory," Mr Gibson said.

"I am very passionate about design and doing something different."


The home is made of Shadowclad, a modern structural plywood.

It was built by Mr Gibson's building business in 2009 and was a six-month job.

Four metres of shade is cast over the two timber decks, provided by the overhanging roof.

Mr Gibson said controlling the temperature of a home was important, and no air-conditioning was needed inside.

"It's important in our climate to have different zones to hide from the breeze," he said.

Mr Gibson was attracted to Agnes Water when he moved back to Australia after he went through a divorce.

"I moved to Agnes in 2005," he said. "We are lucky to live in such a beautiful climate."

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