The handover of the keys to the proud owners of the Hill End Ecohouse occurred on the 19th of March. Some fine-tuning of landscaping and final touches have continued beyond. The house attracted large numbers during our invitation-only tours and 3 tours for the Australian Institute of Architects, leaving the architecture and building teams exhausted but happy to be able to share the building and knowledge.
Due to the house's rigorous aim to be sustainable and its high recycled content (estimated at 80%), the building has attracted media attention as far as Norway, China and New York and there have been almost 17,000 hits on this blog in a year. Our hope for this project was to inspire interest in sustainable building practices to a deeper level than just applying solar panels, sunshading and water tanks and that seems to be happening.
Such project couldn't have occurred without such dedicated and uncompromising clients. An architect's dream.
Here are some photos of the finished work by Chris Frederick Jones
Furniture from Retro ModerneStreet elevation with solar panels, just visibleEntry space with recycled hoop pine flooring stair divider. Leadlight window of old louvre blades is on the left. Artwork by Michael PhillipsNorth (street) facing balcony shared by front bedrooms/work spaces.Gallery space looking towards river. Courtyard to east (left) covers rainwater tanks (see earlier entries). Print in distance by Michael PhillipsCourtyard view back to Gallery and Dining (left). Print in Dining room by Michael PhillipsDining room with polished concrete floor, limewashed walls and recycled vj ceiling. Artwork by Michael Schlitz. View to river through staircaseKitchen with view to Dining. Stained and clear hoop pine cabinetry is throughout the house (no particle board)
Outdoor living connected to Kitchen and Living
View from the rear - pool below, outdoor living and living with bedroom balcony at the top