En­ergy ef­fi­ciency meets stylish

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By GORD STE­WART

Look­ing for a house with walls that’ll be main­te­nance-free for 30 years?

That’s a bonus on top of 25 en­ergy ef­fi­cient and other en­vi­ron­men­tal fea­tures in­cor­po­rated into Ju­lian and Caro­line Ma­son’s home on the edge of town at 48 Everad Ave.

‘‘We wanted to prove to our­selves and oth­ers that an ‘ eco’ home could be el­e­gant, stylish and ef­fi­cient, and that it needn’t look like a ‘hippy house’,’’ Caro­line says.

The home will be open on May 9 and 10 as a Tran­si­tion Mata­mata spe­cial event.

A gold coin do­na­tion is en­cour­aged to sup­port the Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Gar­den Project.

The May 9 ses­sion from 4pm is for those in the build­ing trade – ar­chi­tects, de­sign­ers, build­ing in­spec­tors and ma­te­ri­als sup­pli­ers, builders and con­trac­tors. All trades­peo­ple are wel­come.

Af­ter your tour, en­joy a bar­be­cue sausage and beer.

On Satur­day May 10, the home will be open to the pub­lic from 10am till 4pm.

There will be a su­per­vised chil­dren’s play area so par­ents can wan­der while the kids are oc­cu­pied.

At­ten­dees will be in to win a $ 100 draw prize cour­tesy of Mitre 10.

In the spirit of the tour, the win­ner can choose a wa­ter-sav­ing or en­ergy- ef­fi­cient de­vice or fix­ture for their own home.

The tour looks to pro- vide in­spi­ra­tion and prac­ti­cal ideas for any­one build­ing, ren­o­vat­ing or just in­ter­ested in what’s pos­si­ble in thought­ful and in­no­va­tive home de­sign.

Proud: Rex Wells hold­ing to the left his 315g fei­joa and to the right an or­di­nary-sized fei­joa.


Eco fea­tures: The Ma­son home nes­tles into its sur­round­ings and has a Frank Lloyd Wright de­sign look to it.

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