Four Fabulous Local Homes on display @ Sustainable Open House Day 2018
Elwood Farm in Limpinwood (Tweed Shire) is a stunning 3-bedroom owner designed home, built with self sufficiency in mind, using rammed earth and an array of other recycled building materials.
The thick walls are not only sound proof and also maintain an ideal ambient temperature, helped by the home's passive solar design.
Other sustainable features include bamboo flooring, rainwater storage and extensive edible gardens. ****************
The Repurposed Farm Shed in Mullumbimby (Byron Shire) is a great example of how to upcycle an existing building in an affordable way.
The owner/builder from Balanced Earth has given a new lease of life to an 80-year old farm shed, converting it into a gallery and one-bedroom home, using non-toxic recycled materials, including Pavatex, a completely sustainable material, that has great insulation properties, as well as being vapour permeable, with the added benefit of heat reduction qualities.
This compact chemical-free, solar-powered home can easily be adapted to suit the needs of different owners over time. ****************
This low-footprint home was built using non-toxic materials, such as hempcrete, magnesium board (Inex), natural renders and low VOC paints and maintains a strong connection with its subtropical surrounds.
Built using an array of recycled materials and fittings, the house won the Masters Builders Association’s Energy Efficient Building Award in 2017 for its innovative energy efficiency features, including underground cool tubes to make fridge run more efficiently. ****************
Fig Tree House in Bangalow (Byron Shire) was inspired by a 150-year old Stranger Fig.
The owner wanted to capitalise on the natural shading the fig offers in summer, which provides a wonderful sense of privacy and welcome haven for wildlife. Echidnas, possums, snakes and many birds enjoy the large and graceful fig tree and subtropical garden underneath.
Its north-facing aspect and outdoor areas allow year-round outdoor living.
The solar-powered home offers a multitude of water-saving features, passive design and recycled building materials.
The Sustainable House Day Partners Collaboration is made up of a passionate group of people, representing key sustainability organsations with a strong interest in promoting and facilitating sustainable and socially inclusive home design, building and living in the Northern Rivers. The event is coordinated by Andia Cally.