Crafting a simple, elegant and easy-to-maintain yet lively design, the house unfolds around an ancient messmate at the edge of the forest line. An outdoor kitchen has been set within the courtyards, and gardens provide areas for fruit and vegetable growing to the north and east.
Viewpoints from the house embrace vistas of surrounding mountains and contrast with the distant towers of the Melbourne skyline.
With a reed bed septic system, solar hot water, rain water tanks, wood heating and outdoor wood fired oven, the house is almost independent of mains services. Strawbale walls have been used for additional protection and warmth on southerly and westerly aspects.