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Winner of 2017 National Design Award for sustainable design.
My straw bale and cob home is warm, welcoming, light, a little quirky, contemporary – and unique!
Designing your own home is a great adventure – I designed it to be an easy, comfortable family home and I love living here. My brief included that it should be sensitive to its native bush setting, and economical 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 windowsills 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 firewood 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 energy-neutral over the year.
Designed by MKC building design.
Winner of the BDAA 2017 – Chris Reardon Memorial Award for Residential Sustainable Buildings.
Article written by Verity Campbell and professional photos taken by A Shot Above, Blackheath – see more and read the full article from Sanctuary Issue S44.
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