Our little house has been inspired by visits to other sustainable houses, so we thank those home owners. It is certainly not a Tiny House. It works along passive solar design principles with a simple open plan layout on one level. The house footprint (110m2) on 700m2 of land leaves lots of space for outdoor living, and fruit & vegetable gardens. It has been designed for a older down-sizing couple that wanted minimal maintenance, ease of access, and to be warm in winter and cool in summer, while only needing minimal active heating or cooling, or even none. The solar electricity array & modest owner lifestyle almost certainly ensures the house is a Zero Energy Building. The great location means access to services by foot, bike or public transport is often faster, healthier and less polluting than using a car; the Intercity Cycleway is only a 5 minute ride away.
Key sustainable features of this home include:
Key design principles include:
Other features of our home:
We were so happy & fortunate to use a local passionate designer that belives in small, sustainable, cost effective housing. And small local builder (team of 3) that were honest, hard working, generous, and built to a high standard of quality. Based on the experiences & horror stories of neighbors we would never recommend any of the larger well known building companies. We learnt a lot from the owner-built mud brick house we built 30 years ago – things we could do differently or better. We let the experts build it this time although the layout, floor plan and most of the detailing is ours. We each obtained an OH&S “white card” and our generous builder allowed us to be onsite, which towards the end was almost every day for what seemed like months, making decisions and doing the jobs we had decided to do ourselves.
Jobs we did ourselves:
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All the nice photos (C) Threshold Constructions & Suzie Elizabeth Photography.
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