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Green Smart Magazine : 2009_new
For all other water supplies, the house collects rainwater which is stored in two 4000-litre tanks. 'The collected rainwater is used for flushing the toilets in the house and for irrigation,' Peter says. These tanks are located on the rear wall of the garage. Surrounding the house are landscaped gardens featuring native plants and shrubs. They are designed to be both low- maintenance and sympathetic to the surrounding landscape. Lawn areas are minimised, while the majority of the garden comprises mulched beds of native grasses. 'Coastal banksias have been used as the feature plant to complement the selected native grasses, and existing trees and shrubs on the block have been retained as part of the new garden,' Peter says. The result is a cost-effective house with an approximate cost of $1900 per square metre. The original dwelling was relocated off the site, and its recycling opportunities were a great way to begin the project, instead of adding it to land fill. The Elliott house also achieved something else -- a six-star energy rating. Peter enjoys working with the GreenSmart principles, and is pleased that many of his clients are happy to accept change when it's better for the environment. 'I really enjoy being able to promote the GreenSmart principles on a regular basis,' he says. 'We now find that an increasing number of clients come to us for advice and direction on finding better ways to protect the environment and enjoy the long term benefits of taking the greener option. Obviously, the cost of things is a big issue, but a lot of clients are really mindful now of doing the right thing and promoting their home as being as self-sufficient as possible. Right from the beginning of construction we are mindful of waste disposal and the best material selections. ' gs greensmart 2009 29 ideas everyone can use • allow for sunshades over the north-, west- and east-facing windows which prevent the entry of summer sun but allow the entry of winter sun • use a ground-floor slab to increase thermal mass • include double-glazed windows and low-e glass on north-facing windows • landscape gardens using low- maintenance native plants and shrubs and minimise grassed areas • include a range of outdoor decks on different sides of the house to enjoy in different seasons. The extensive use of timber throughout this house is complementary of the casual lifestyle associated with a coastal holiday home. The exterior is clad in natural stained blackbutt timber boards, while timber window and door frames have also been used. Internally, the house features extensive timber products throughout the spaces to engage with the surrounding landscape. Ceilings in the entry and south deck are finished with timber battens to not only blur the distinction between inside and out, but also allow light penetration on the upper level. Floor surfaces are a combination of blackbutt timber decking outside and blackbutt timber floorboards to the upper floor that contrasts with the polished concrete on the lower level. stylishly timber smarthomes