WHEN she built this house using the latest environmental technology and sustainable alternatives, the owner wanted a beautiful, healthy, functional home to share with her children.
She chose to build with hemp-crete which has a range of benefits including being fire proof, vermin proof, breathable and a thermal insulator.
The home has a range of other environmentally sustainable features including a magnesium oxide flooring system, state-of-the-art solar evacuated tube and combustion stove-heated hot-water system with electric booster, and wool insulated eaves.
“The home offers a beautiful soft ambience and acoustic quietness combined with an amazing year-round internal temperature that makes it able to be instantly heated or cooled,” the owner said.
“It is north-east facing and often requires no heating at all during winter.”
The home’s design – built on stumps and ‘plonked’ among large marri and jarrah trees – was inspired by functionality and the surroundings.
“The stumped home design enhances the breathability, avoidance of mould or damp and allows for the breezeways we created to instantly cool the home,” the owner said.
Inside, the home has an open-plan living area with dining room, sunken lounge room and striking galley-style kitchen.
Three of the four bedrooms have their own external access and ensuites, designed like units for teenagers as well as allowing rental opportunities.
The fourth bedroom can be used as a study and also has external access.
The 2990sqm property includes a fire pit, Colorbond shed and orchard of plum, pear, apple, nectarine, peach, cherry, fig, apricot, mulberry and olive trees, as well as boundless natives.
“And we have two large, extremely functional wicking beds to keep us in vegetables all year,” the owner said.
While sustainability is a focus, the home is also a beautiful and lovely rural retreat, with great views and wonderful places to sit back and relax.
“The north-east deck is amazing and dreamy on a winter’s morning with a coffee and the paper, as is the enclosed living area attached to it,” the owner said.
“You look over a small meandering creek with remnants of karri, jarrah, marri and peppermint trees that will not be built out as it is black cockatoo habitat.
“I also love sitting on the south deck/entry stairs in summer with my dog gazing out to the beautiful pasture and stands of large native trees as we cool down in the breeze, while the southerly view from the kitchen window lets you drift off into the pastures or watch the southerly fronts roll in.”
2 Hogan Place
Agency: Acton South-West
Contact: Beth Sibon on 0418 937 438