Most would think that an architect’s home would be a top of the line, aesthetic retreat that is out of an affordable range for most.
However, not all in the profession think the same of what luxury is, or what features an ideal home has.
Emilio Fuscaldo, founder of Nest Architects, designed his own home with smart, practical elements that are more geared toward sustainability than extravagance.
The lot size for this Australian home is compact, so every inch of the construction was considered for its usefulness. Though the brick exterior may look boxed and simple, it contains several serious green features that make this house a great lifestyle design.
The exterior walls were made of recycled brick, and are formed into a double-bricked system with insulation in the center. This increases the energy efficiency of the home. In addition, the hydronic heating system included in the concrete flooring also helps to maintain an ideal temperature indoors.
Reportedly, this is the first residence located in Victoria to be constructed of only Forest Stewardship Council certified wood.
Deciding to go for an economical build and space that will actually be used, there are only 2 bedrooms making a total of 4 rooms in the home. The floor plan is mostly open with a large combination living room and casual kitchen.
Most of the furniture is upcycled, coming from salvaged items or free finds.
A reclaimed workbench provides the cabinetry for the basic kitchen, instead of the typically seen storage and preparation space.
The countertop in the bath was made from recycled parts of buildings and a bowling alley.
A lot of the budget was spent on the green roof design, and this was certainly a great investment. Rainwater from the roof is routed to work with the indoor plumbing, and is also collected and used for the garden. Though the yard may be on the smaller side, the north facing spot of land is the perfect place for the rooftop garden.
Plus, the elevated patch of green offers a nice view and probably a neat place to stargaze at night.
The architect noted about the home:
“… I wanted to make sure that we made a statement that architecture isn’t about the appliance or the joinery, or the kitchen; it’s about an atmosphere, a way of living.”
This environmentally inclined home certainly does offer its own atmosphere, complete with a welcoming and relaxed nature.
All images are © Nest Architects. Photography by Nic Granleese.
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