Off-Grid Hill Plain House Showcases Raw Material in a Sophisticated Way
The architects describe the space as “a rugged but (hopefully) sophisticated interior, characterized by a palette of natural materials, a sense of craftsmanship and childhood reminder of growing up in the 70’s.” The non-pretentious material choices are made even more so by keeping them in their raw state or stained black, enhancing the contrast between the interior and the views out the windows. Dark concrete floors and steel accents are softened by the reclaimed wood ceiling and striking wood end grain wall in the living space.
The home is designed to work with highly insulated walls, roof, and a simple profile. Rainwater catchment, now a common feature in Australian homes, offsets the use of well water. The home runs off-grid using a modest 2 kW solar electric system, and it relies on cross ventilation to keep cool. A wood fired boiler supplemented by solar thermal collectors feeds under floor heating to keep things warm. The combination of rugged materials, refined interiors and low-impact systems give the home a visceral appeal that melds rawness with refinement while maintaining a sense of appropriate environmental design.
Photographs © Derek Swalwell Photography
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