In tune with environment
AFEW years ago Owen and Jane Thomson might have said music was their passion, but today it’s eco- housing. The owners of Thomson Building Services – a cellist and classical guitarist – have this month completed their fi rst display home at Dodges Ferry, a showcase of the highend results that can be achieved using local products and businesses.
Dubbed NEAThouse, New Environmental Affordable Tasmanian, the Thomsons have gone above and beyond to research and source environment friendly, sustainable materials and the Tasmanian – or if necessary, Australian – companies that manufacture and supply them.
Jane said the focus of their NEAThouse display home was “handmade and crafted’’.
“Our goal was to create a healthy house that would appeal to those looking for a highquality home that looked and felt natural to touch,’’ she said.
“The reaction from a few people has been overwhelming, we have had people in tears because they are so happy that there is an eco- house option that is also affordable.’’
The reaction from a few people has been overwhelming, we have had people in tears because they are so happy that there is an eco- house option that is
Unlike some display homes that can have the scent of new carpet glue and wet paint, this charming, 106sq m, three- bedroom, seven- star rated NEAThouse smells attractively of timber.
It has been clad in macrocarpa vertical boards; the expansive near 50sq m deck was made from plantation grown treated pine; plus there are Tasmanian oak floorboards and a timber feature wall in the living room.
All of the fi nishes used contained either low or no VOC ( volatile organic compound) paints and oils.
In the kitchen, the benchtop was custommade on site from polished concrete alongside Super EO ( which relates to low emissions) plantation plywood cabinetry and a tiled splashback.
The bathroom vanity was also made on site with a level entry shower giving it a contemporary feel with its single glass panel. Although the tapware and door handles weren’t cheap, Jane said considering the quality of the fi ttings and that they were able to be sourced locally, it was money well spent.
The home is lit throughout by high effi ciency LED lighting. All of the appliances are Australian made. The Thomsons have also planted 200 native plants on site to help balance out the disturbance of the building process.
Owen said people who have visited the home have been excited by the possibilities.
“We have done all of the research, which can be overwhelming because there are a lot of options out there,’’ he said. “NEAThouse is our passion, we have looked at the best value and environmental outcomes and people appreciate the thoroughness.’’
This fi rst NEAThouse is a perfect example of the Thomsons’ building philosophy, but they recognise that not every client will want to incorporate all of their ideas.
“You could easily choose plaster walls or a glossy kitchen to fi t into the NEAT design,’’ Owen said.
For those who would like to inspect the home, it will be open between 1- 4pm today and at the same time on August 23 and 24.
Anyone interested in putting their own home up for consideration for house of the week can email jarrad. bevan@ news. com. au