Energy efficiency meets stylish
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.