Origami House Build

award winning rural home design dubboReally pleased with this contemporary hot climate home build. Orth homes did yet another amazing house build and the results speak for themselves.

And tremendous thank you to Sheri McMahon Photography for the stunning pictures provided at “Origami House”.

A pleasure to deal with an amazing professional and talented artist.

September 2019 Update:

“Origami House” Now Officially A Multi-Award Wining Home Design!

Very pleased to announce that this house design and build just won two prestigious Australian building awards:

Winner: BDAA 2019 New Residential Buildings

Winner: Best Use Of Architectural Product (Cemintel Industry Partner Award)

Big thanks to all involved especially Orth homes!


A Journey – Follow Construction of a Rural Home

In the Central West of NSW, insulate, insulate and add as much thermal mass as you can….

Watch this great project as it develops into another amazing contemporary country home.

This is the first rammed earth tapered granite blade wall to be constructed.


Wall Frames!

Employing the strength and durability (and completely recyclable!) a fully welded steel stud frame, this home is built to last.

Speaking of recycling… we cannot wait to see the old wharf timber (300mm x 200mm) waiting patiently to be installed as a header beam to the kids bedrooms…

Stay tuned – we’re just getting warmed up…

Rammed Earth and steel stud frames


Ascending truncated trusses provide a vanishing point for your eye.

As one enters the living space, the splayed ceiling converges off in the distant sky.

A very unique roof that Custom Steel Frames fabricated beautifully and Orth Building have constructed flawlessly.



Australian native Radial Sawn Silver Top Ash hardwood is a great sustainable and, stunning way of finishing off walls.

The warmth and natural beauty is very hard to go past. Positioned adjacent to the rammed earth blade walls, the rich texture of this home is beginning to come to the fore.

Hot Climate Homes

7.5 Star Gem!














Having trouble meeting the new BASIX 6.5 star minimum energy ratings due to begin on July 1st 2017?

Not at Gavin Dale Design!

We are extremely proud of this Secondary Dwelling that has been approved under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing).

With a floor area of just 58.4 square metres and a strong focus on solar passive design, we have made it into June without any additional heating or cooling being required!

So if your dream is to own a new home that not only looks stunning, but also performs well beyond any minimum regulations then get in touch with us!

We can do this for you too!




BDAA 2016 National Home Design Awards

It was an honour to be involved again this year as a judge with the Building Designers Association of Australia, judging an excellent selection of entries.

From the coast to the country, right across Australia, we had the fun but challenging task of going through some amazing & thoughtful house designs.

Every year, I am pleased to witness the stronger emphasis placed on not only “good design”, but in the bones of these buildings and how they react and participate amongst their local environment. It behooves me to note the strong regional vernacular within many designs and particularly the incredibly creative award winners from each category.

Look out for “Winning Design” in newsagents now and see what can be achieved with a great designer!