“It’s just really comfortable
– IT’S A REALLY WARM HOUSE IN WINTER AND COOL IN SUMMER – AND THERE IS LOTS OF NICE, NATURAL LIGHT ,”
Andrea also didn’t want the other extreme of being too cold and clinical – instead the home is filled with warmth from the natural tones and textures used.
“We’ve got at least five or six timbers in the house – we didn’t try to match timbers because it can look a bit cold and sterile,” she said. “I think we did well with that – it looks really good.” Andrea’s favourite part of the home is its comfort and liveability. She said the family added a swimming pool and is currently in the process of completing landscaping works which will add the finishing touches, particularly as it leads toward a grand entrance.
“It’s just really comfortable – it’s a really warm house in winter and cool in summer – and there is lots of nice, natural light,” she said.
“When people come to the entrance there is a welcoming space where we have some artwork and a window which looks out onto the farm next to us.”
Patrick loves the living room, where he can relax and play the guitar with friends, making the most of the natural acoustics afforded by the zone’s cathedral ceiling. The girls also feel right at home, having the freedom to play in an open living room which is generously proportioned but modestly furnished, so they have space to dance and cartwheel. And there is plenty of space for the girls as they grow older, both indoors in their own living zone and with a pool and barbecue area perfect for entertaining their friends.
“It’s a good house for that sort of thing because the kids can go and watch a movie while we do something else in the living room,” Andrea said.
And while she is not exact on what the financial benefits of being energy efficient and sustainable are, she estimates it would be considerable.
“On a sunny day the house is really warm because of the passive solar energy and it doesn’t need heating – the thermostat only kicks in and the heating comes on around 5pm,” she said.
“Orientation is key. There are simple things you can do that are free to make your house more comfortable and energy efficient.”