Wooden this be a nice place to live?
A Chandlers Hill home is self-sufficient and offers rural views, writes Tom Bowden.
ACOUNTRY block with rural vistas provided the perfect setting for vendors Wayne Cheary and Ursula Jung to build a state-of-the-art home. ‘‘The block was something I’d been looking at ever since 1970 and it came on the market and my partner at the time was looking for something bigger to live in,’’ Mr Cheary says.
‘‘It has vistas over the plains and over Glenelg and I also liked the slope of the land because it was gentle enough to make it easy to work with and you’re able to walk all over the block. We were looking for a house that was draught-free, could be selfsufficient with water and power, to be able to create a good vegetable patch and a garden for enjoyment and also have room for a workshop - it was really a lifestyle we were looking for.’’
The two-storey home has five bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living areas. It has an open-plan country-style kitchen, lounge and dining area and the home has solid jarrah floors and raked ceilings.
The home features data cabling throughout and a wired home theatre room with Soundcheck gyprock.
It has an eco-friendly septic management system, ample rainwater storage, underfloor plumbing and geothermal airconditioning.
‘‘It has all the bells and whistles built in,’’ Mr Cheary says.
‘‘We’ve been living on rainwater for the past ten years, we have 200,000 litres of clean rainwater in the tanks and the gutters are self-cleansing.
‘‘Any leaves that end up in the gutters get caught up in the leaf trap and we just open the cap and flush them. I’ll miss the sheer beauty of the jarrah floors and the timber colours. I have never seen a job on jarrah flooring that’s as good as what we’ve got.’’ Mr Cheary says the home’s location is second-to-none.
‘‘In the kitchen we look outside and see the sunrise and a hill with some sheep on it and nobody’s ever going to build that out,’’ he says.
‘‘Looking out of the other windows you have a 180 degree rural vista, but it’s next to suburbia, so it has the best of both worlds. There’s a bus stop just down the corner, it’s country living with city features - we’ve got a shopping complex, hotels and restaurants within three kilometres.’’