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Sustainable Beach House at Corinella

Sustainable Beach Home
Sustainable Beach Home
Sustainable Beach Home
Sustainable Beach Home

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This unique 2 bedroom sustainable home at Corinella is situated on Western Port Bay with extensive beach views to the north and east. The owners asked us to design a home that would become a weekender with the potential for full time residency in their retirement. Incorporated into the design is a concrete water tank, a greywater recycling system, gas boosted solar hot water and photovoltaic cells. The owner is a wine and cheesmaker so we designed the livingroom and kitchen on the second level and the ground floor provides a large workroom with sink and benches for culinary delights.

The master bedroom and ensuite are on the second level with the ground floor providing a guest bathroom and bedroom. An expansive deck faces the water and north. For days when offshore winds blow there is a smaller deck to the south. A unique feature to the home is a suspended concrete slab to the second story which has been trowled and sealed to provide a very livable and servicable floor.The colours are classic greys and white with small colour accents. The ceiling is plylined to create warmth. The house is heated by a small slow combustion Nectre Baker's oven. Ceiling fans are the only cooling requried in summer due to the prevelant off shore night breezes in summer.

The ground floor bedroom and entry have recycled overlay jarrah flooring which again provides great warmth to the home. All lighting is energy efficient and minimal. The grewater systems collects clean greywater from the shower, washing machine and basins and is used to flush toilets.

The house water is sourced from a 15,000 litre concrete tank which is integrated into the structure of the workroom to provide further thermal mass and temperature stability. Berger Breathe Easy paints and Tung Oil is used to finish the timber to provide low VOC emissions. The hot water is sourced from an Edwards Solar system with a gas boost. It is expected the ongoing running costs for the home will be minimal. This is a small low maintenance sustainable home that creatively meets the clients brief .

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