Sus­tain­able with plenty of style

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

IT TAKES a sec­ond glance to re­alise that the vin­tagestyle in­te­ri­ors of Ste­fan and Trudie Ja­ma­son’s home are more than just a look.

Just about ev­ery part of the Alexan­dria ter­race house was ren­o­vated six years ago us­ing sec­ond­hand ma­te­ri­als.

Liv­ing in a sus­tain­able home was the driv­ing force be­hind the fam­ily of six’s ap­proach but the stylish and eco­nomic re­sults are also en­joy­able re­wards.

“We had a lot of kids and not much money so we needed to do it for a rea­son­able price,” Trudie Ja­ma­son says. “We said to our­selves, ‘it has to be prac­ti­cal, eco and beau­ti­ful’.”

Us­ing a mix of eBay and Gumtree pur­chases and friends’ un­wanted ma­te­ri­als it all came to a cost of about $15,000 for home fea­tures, in­clud­ing a so­lar power sys­tem.

A bit of lat­eral thinking found them their home’s cheap­est and quirki­est fea­tures. The liv­ing room floor­boards are from a Scout hall that was be­ing torn down; you look out to their court­yard through a port­hole win­dow from a ship in Copaca­bana and dou­ble doors from a rail­way car­riage have been in­stalled in an up­stairs bed­room

While they did much of the work them­selves – Ste­fan has a back­ground in elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing – Ja­ma­son says care­ful plan­ning and an un­der­stand­ing builder were es­sen­tial to the process.

“We spent nine months draw­ing it all up and map­ping it out on pa­per,” she says. “You’ve got one chance to do it and it’s re­ally hard to change things later.”

Their home will be one of more than 100 prop­er­ties open to the pub­lic for Sus­tain­able House Day on Sun­day, Septem­ber 11.

Ja­ma­son says she wants to show peo­ple how easy it is to make en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly changes to their home on a small bud­get. “It isn’t hard, es­pe­cially now that there are a lot of prod­ucts avail­able,” she says. Details and regis­tra­tion at sus­tain­able­house­day.com

Left: Trudie Ja­ma­son and chil­dren Liam and Maya at her sec­ond-hand cot­tage. Pic­ture: Danny Aarons Above: Book­shelf made of sec­ond­hand Ikea shelves. Pic­ture: Al­ter­na­tive Tech­nol­ogy As­so­ci­a­tion

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