This Buxton residence by Victorian Custom Home Builder Hedger Constructions won the 2011 Master Builders Regional Award for the Best Custom Home between $200,000 and $300,000.

The owners lost their original home in the 2009 bushfires and their new residence reflects their values of sustainability and recycling. A soaring 4.7 metre scallion roof, plus an extensive mix of recycled ship-lapped ironbark. Shadow clad and corrugated iron, makes an eye-catching visual impact. Earthy tones connect with the natural landscape to create a sense of warmth and welcome. Two rammed earth walls frame the living, bedroom and study areas, further enhancing this relationship with the environment.

Inside, richly coloured polished concrete floors and natural timber fixtures and cabinetry complete the owners desire for simplicity, as does an all timber kitchen with solid red cum tops, glass splash backs and hoop pine ply doors and shelving. Bathrooms are made of Zincalume mini orb panelling framed in ironbark picture palings. Double glazed timber windows to the lower areas allow in plenty of natural light.

A 45,000 litre tank stores water collected from the roof, and a solar hot water system completes this durable and liveable home.

This home was featured in our 2013 luxury homes annual – Melbourne Custom Homes