This is Brett’s own house built by him with many helping hands. Situated on a steep east facing block it came with many challenges. A massive 3m high by 50m long gabion basket retaining wall was built to create usable flat external spaces that the two storey home connects to.
A rustic recycled timber pergola on the west side anchors the house, and creates shade for the western side of the house. In summer grapevines shade the earth wall, creating ‘coolth’ for the interior of the house. In winter the grapevines lose their leaves to allow the winter sun to penetrate the deck and earth wall, which then will radiate heat into the house.
The house has all recycled windows and doors, except for the Breezway louvres.
Solar panels and solar hot water.
Rainwater tank collects water for use with washing machine and toilets.
All low voc paints are from Rockcote.
No airconditioners. Ceiling fans used throughout.
New update – Stage 2 has been designed and we are planning on building Ecolibrium Design’s new office under the current house. We will be using Cob earth wall construction and weathertex cladding to match the existing house. A new deck will be added for the office. This is a Sustainably designed office where clients can come and see how we use and specify sustainable building techniques. There are two new bedrooms and a garden roof as part of the stage 2 design. The bedrooms will be built using Cob earth construction.
This is an ongoing progress, stay tuned!