Each builder’s dream is to discover a ‘clear slate’ to rework into their dream dwelling. For Wade Builders’ Steven Wade and spouse Margaret, it took many weekends of driving round regional Victoria and consistently looking out the Web to seek out their good block. However after they discovered an empty block in Winchelsea in 2018, it was all value it.
‘As quickly as we noticed the land, we fell in love,’ Margaret says. ‘With the Barwon River operating by means of our property, the gorgeous grasslands, and views of the Otways, it was the right place to construct our new dwelling and to start out our tree change.’
It was surrounded by farmland, but nonetheless near the native city, the gorgeous seashores of the Surf Coast and never too distant from their household in Melbourne. The couple knew it was additionally a uncommon alternative to ‘actually take into consideration how we could possibly be extra sustainable’.
Plus, ‘being off grid was additionally a technique to be less expensive’, Steve notes, with the newly constructed home operating off a 10kW photo voltaic and battery system hidden inside a four-bay shed.
With Steve because the owner-builder, the couple enlisted Holman Designs for the constructing’s design, who built-in passive design parts that will restrict its environmental footprint. They opted for polished concrete flooring for the up to date aesthetic and the thermal advantages, along with north going through double-glazed home windows that benefit from the winter solar and river views.
‘Our solely water provide comes from the 150,000L rainwater tanks which seize the rain from the home and shed roofs,’ Steve says. ‘The weather additionally performed an enormous half [in the home’s design], as it will possibly get extraordinarily windy down right here, so we would have liked to create outside areas the place we might entertain regardless of which manner the wind was blowing.’
Margaret says making certain the home had a ‘farmhouse kitchen with a butler’s pantry’ overlooking the dwelling areas was one other ‘must-have’. Inside, Mel Wilson Interiors curated a contemporary white palette, which enhances the property’s basic massive French doorways, sliding barn doorways and a Chiminees Philippe hearth.
‘It has a relaxed really feel as quickly as your stroll by means of the entrance door,’ Margaret provides. ‘We love the openness and the views from each room.’