Wooden this be a nice place to live?

A Chan­dlers Hill home is self-suf­fi­cient and of­fers ru­ral views, writes Tom Bow­den.

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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.’’

Pic­tures: DON McKEN­ZIE

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