Saturday, February 6, 2010

Hill End Eco House

At the invitation of Emma Scragg, our lovely cycle-mad friend and Food Connect City Cousin, we dropped in to check out the completed eco-house that she had designed and Rob Peagram built. It has been a six year journey from conception to completion for the owners, and Emma admitted they were the kind of dream clients every architect wishes for, never wanting to compromise on any sustainability principles throughout the whole process.

These people must have some serious money to throw around because no cent was spared in the attention to detail and clever finishes throughout the house. What impressed us was that although the old house was demolished and removed from the site, most of the timbers were re-used in the framing and features of the new house.

It was great to see the wonders of modern green technology at play, and to see what a 6 star house looked like, but for me, there's something much more charming about maintaining an old place and retrofitting bits & pieces to enhance the sustainability factor. The tour also reminded me of those plans Emma did for me a few years ago before I sold up in the suburbs and moved to West End... dreams that didn't take flight - perhaps another house and another time...

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