With a newly purchased one acre lot overlooking the bush in Bangalee, owners Andrew and Lana had a vision for their new home, one that reflected their passion for the environment and a desire for a more sustainable lifestyle. With a few sketches and rough floorplans they’d drafted themselves, they set out to find a builder who would help them achieve their vision. Boutique, Berry based builders Build Platinum were engaged for both the design and construction of their new abode and the result is a home that incorporates a range of sustainable features in a striking contemporary farmhouse design wrapped around a central courtyard and pool.
Adding to the rustic farmhouse appeal of the home are reclaimed bricks that were sourced from various 1930’s homes and feature spotted gum cladding.
Meeting the fire and environmental requirements of the BAL29 rated site posed some challenges, but these were overcome simply with some design compromises. Platinum Managing Director and builder, Ryan Bray worked closely with both the clients and the fire consultants to select materials that would meet both the safety requirements and Andrew and Lana’s commitment to making their home as sustainable as possible, these included a pine frame and a thermally efficient Cupolex slab in a passive solar design that maximises natural ventilation and insulation.
Well placed windows ensure the home is thermally efficient whilst flooding the home with natural light and allowing the beautiful leafy outlook to become a focal point of the home. Incorporating four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a theatre room and study, the U shaped design separates the main open-plan living area from the bedroom wings, with one end of the home containing the master suite and study and the midsection the theatre room and secondary bedrooms. High quality craftsmanship and materials that include luxurious timber flooring and stone benchtops ensure this bush abode is sustainable and stylish.