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The Chewton Hemp House was a work of love for the owners and their three small sons, friends and other volunteers who built the hempcrete walls over nine months in 2018. It also involved a design-build collaboration with the owners, the architect Simon Disler and builders House Workshop, with Mark Anstey designing and building the kids’ bedroom, laundry and kitchen cabinetry.
Facing sweeping bushland at the rear, the house carries a strong presence and sits comfortably in its environment thanks to unrendered hempcrete walls and Corten steel cladding, which connects with the colour of the red ironbark trees that are prominent on the site.
Inside, a short corridor ends on one side with the children’s playroom, which has a plywood mezzanine for sleeping. Walking in the other direction you are greeted by a beautiful hempcrete feature wall facing an expansive open plan living and kitchen area.
Hempcrete was chosen for the walls for its insulative and humidity regulating properties. As homeowner Dominic says, “hemp acts as a carbon sink, absorbing carbon as it grows. It’s the best plant you can grow for reducing carbon in the environment.” The home is all-electric, with highly efficient appliances including an induction cooktop and hot water heat pump. Water saving comes in the way of a 22,500-litre corrugated steel rainwater tank which is plumbed to feed the house and the garden.
The couple have incorporated an ethic of salvage and reuse in the building of their home: the wooden cladding at the back of the house used to be part of an old squash court; the feature leadlight window and a quirky 19th-century toilet cistern in the en suite were from a second-hand sale; and in the kitchen the range hood and sink have a few little bumps and bends that tell of being factory seconds.
The Design was a collaboration with the owners and Simon Disler. Hemp construction and Interiors by Dominic Crinson and Brenna Jensen. Main building work by House Workshop. Dominic is a Hemp Building Consultant