HIGH PRAISE FOR LOW IMPACT
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.