Sustainable living is very much on display in this South Australian display home.
The developers at Beyond have a heart for the environment with energy and water efficiency a major priority in the construction of homes on their sites.
South Australian home builders Bailey Homes were contracted to construct a display home which would showcase many of the latest technologies in water and energy sensitive urban design and shows how these principles can be applied to produce an architecturally pleasing and people friendly home.
Construction of the developers home demonstrates the best practices in sustainable living.
The benefits of solar and water wise practices keep the running costs of the home to a minimum and with the ability to feed excess energy back into the grid, the home potentially earns and income while saving on electrical costs.
The underfloor hydronic floor heating in the polished concrete flooring provides natural heating and cooling all year round.
The display home was built with a combination of rammed earth walls, matrix cladding and reverse brick veneer constructed onto a lightweight timber frame on the front half of the office.
Modwood decking and cladding, made from recycled plastic milk bottles, was used for a number of decking areas around the home and adds interest and privacy when used to screen the carport.
The home was designed so that all living spaces were built with a northern aspect with ample double glazing to provide solar gain through the winter months.
Bulk insulation throughout the home including external stud frames and ceiling helps to maintain a comfortable living environment, and reverse brick veneer construction was chosen for the benefit of more thermal mass for retaining winter warmth.
With the various textures and materials used together in this project along with the colours used externally and internally it not only creates a modern clean look but also highlights the natural textures and colours of the materials chosen.
Bold paint choices help pull the inside out and contrast with the natural surrounds.