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A Bris­bane com­pany has set its sights on cre­at­ing the city’s most so­cially re­spon­si­ble homes.

So­laire Prop­er­ties is putting the fin­ish­ing touches on its sec­ond house – Belle­vue at 5 Ross St in Padding­ton – and re­cently gave Home an ex­clu­sive peek in­side.

So­laire di­rec­tor Harley We­ston said they were “sell­ing a story, not just lux­ury”.

“We are chal­leng­ing the throw­away so­ci­ety men­tal­ity and show­ing that you can live in lux­ury with­out it, lit­er­ally, cost­ing the earth.”

The orig­i­nal house was a “tired and aged Queens­lan­der” in one of Padding­ton’s best streets.

El­e­ments of the orig­i­nal house were re­tained, and it was ex­tended, with ev­ery­thing from en­ergy-ef­fi­cient light­ing and Tesla tech­nol­ogy to chain-of-cus­tody cer­ti­fied tim­ber used through­out the home.

“There are two 13kW Tesla pow­er­walls with Tesla ve­hi­cle charg­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” Mr We­ston said.

“The stor­age pro­vides a near-zero en­ergy build­ing … and peace of mind dur­ing storm sea­son or power out­ages.

“It also has real-time en­ergy mon­i­tor­ing with a green switch fea­ture on your phone that shuts down all non-es­sen­tial fea­tures.”

There is also gas cook­ing and so­lar hot wa­ter, and the de­sign al­lows for the front and back to be opened up, boost­ing air­flow and negat­ing the use of air­con­di­tion­ing.

Ev­ery bit of tim­ber is chain-of-cus­tody, with even the state­ment pen­dant lights made from re­cy­cled tim­ber vene­tians.

The house it­self was given a new lease on life by ARP Build­ing Group, which works di­rectly with So­laire.

Re­cy­cled con­crete was used, and pol­ished where vis­i­ble. All of­f­cuts and waste gyprock was sent off to be turned back into fer­tiliser or soil con­di­tioner.

Be­yond the feel-good el­e­ments, the house is a show­stop­per.

On the ground-floor there is space for two ve­hi­cles in­side and two ve­hi­cles out­side, and plenty of stor­age.

A tim­ber stair­well made from sus­tain­able Queens­land-New South Wales spot­ted gum then leads to the first floor, where you will find an open-plan liv­ing space with high ceil­ings lead­ing on to a large city-fac­ing deck, and a kitchen with porce­lain bench­tops, a but­lers pantry and de­signer ap­pli­ances. There is a large guest bed­room, a main bath­room and a laun­dry with am­ple stor­age space.

Up­stairs, there are four more bed­rooms in­clud­ing a mas­ter bed­room with en­suite and walk-in-robe with city views, in­clud­ing views of Padding­ton Mar­ket.

Ad­di­tional fea­tures in­clude Crim­safe mesh, se­cu­rity sys­tems, num­ber­plate and fa­cial recog­ni­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties and rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing stor­age fa­cil­i­ties.

Out­side there is a pool us­ing the same tech­nol­ogy in­cor­po­rated at the Com­mon­wealth Games venue.

“Ev­ery thing we have done will be cer­ti­fied so the buy­ers will know what this house stands for,” Mr We­ston said.

The house will hit the mar­ket on July 16 with Ur­ban Prop­erty Padding­ton. An open house will be held on July 21.

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