I designed my house to be special, calm, curved, warm, welcoming, light, open and contemporary.
At the same time it had to be sensitive to its native bush setting, and economic to build and to live in – both financially and in environmental terms.
Parts of the house are more artwork than building. Textures, timbers and natural materials make it tactile and smooth. Shapes and angles of curved walls and deep rounded window sills give it warmth; while nooks and lofts give it a playful aspect. It was all made by hand, by family, friends and skilled craftsmen and women using materials from the site or as local as possible.
In the harsh mountains climate, we are warm in winter thanks to plentiful on-site fire wood and the grid connected PV system, heat pumps and underfloor hydronic heating. In summer the wide eaves, thick strawbale walls and thermal mass of the slab and cob walls keep the house cool and comfortable. The house is virtually energy neutral over the year.
You will be able to read more about this home in the upcoming issue of Sanctuary magazine.