Horticulturalist-artist-architect couple Britta and Michael Sorensen have lengthy lived by their ardour for eco-friendly, sustainable residing – each personally and professionally.
So, after they launched into their personal construct at 126 Ashton Street in Margaret River, they embraced it as a chance to pay homage to the setting by making a mannequin of latest, sustainable structure that steps nicely away from the “hippy” tag the south-west city has been lumbered with.
“We now have been designing and constructing modern structure in Margaret River for over 25 years and primarily upmarket vacation houses,” Britta Sorensen mentioned.
“In our own residence, we wished to make an instance and construct a mannequin of doing this extra sustainably. We wished to indicate that although on a smaller footprint and utilizing sustainable supplies and methods, you possibly can obtain a home that’s minimalist, tremendous modern, cool, enjoyable and funky.
“We wished to construct a house that was heat, each in temperature and environment, but additionally actually modern and cutting-edge so far as know-how goes.”
Accomplished in 2012, the single-bedroom property has been designed to seize the perfect of its pure surrounds.
“I like the best way it incorporates the gorgeous view that we have now, overlooking the valley into the nationwide park, so it’s actually been all about bringing this view into the home and making everyone in the home really feel like they’re a part of that panorama,” Ms Sorensen mentioned.
“Regardless of the comparatively small footprint, you’re consistently feeling as if you’re related to nature exterior.”
In the course of the construct a number of decaying Marri bushes on the block needed to be felled and, as soon as milled, native craftsmen repurposed the timber within the dwelling.
Options embrace a rooftop terrace, double glazing, hydronic ground heating and a classic Nineteen Seventies caravan that has been remodeled into self-contained visitor quarters, full with orange partitions and shagpile rugs.
Sustainable Margaret River dwelling
The house invitations the encircling setting inside. Image: www.realestate.com.au/purchase
“We intentionally designed this as a one-bedroom home as a result of it’s simply the 2 of us however after all we nonetheless get company staying. We didn’t need a visitor room that sat empty half of the time,” Mrs Sorensen mentioned.
“I like classic caravans and I’ve turned this Nineteen Seventies caravan into an ode to the 70s…So, the home is minimalist and the caravan is totally excessive! Our company like it as a result of it’s like a cubby for adults. It’s a beautiful little nest.”
Ms Sorensen designed the backyard, which incorporates meals manufacturing primarily based on permaculture ideas, offering a provide of fruit, greens and eggs. It has been organically managed for 10 years and is dwelling to an array of small birds, lizards and two resident frogmouth owls.
Further options of the property, which received the 2013 Australian Institute of Architects Award for Sustainable Structure, embrace a shed and a separate artist’s studio that overlooks the backyard.
Clare Andrews, from Stocker Preston Margaret River, is taking provides. Gives shut on 18 September, except offered prior.