Stepping inside this eco-conscious Flinders abode is like taking a step into a home of the future.
Reclaimed and recycled materials have been repurposed at every turn – from the striking cyprus wood facade to the Queensland spotted gum flooring and blackbutt walls.
The environmental impact and energy efficiency of each element has been carefully considered – right down to the high-end timber windows that trap the sunlight streaming in from the property’s north-facing orientation.
And it is as luxe as it is sustainable, with balconies adjoining every bedroom, a French Cheminees Philippe fireplace, an impressive solar-heated pool and guest quarters out back setting it apart.
Owner and builder Matt Westle and wife Jeni put their “heart and soul” into the 112 Wood St project, which they completed about a year ago and are now listing with a $3m-$3.3m price guide.
Their vision for the four-bedroom, three-bathroom retreat was more than simply a place for their young family to live, they said.
“It’s something we’ve been passionate about and I think it’s something (with which) we wanted to show you can create a sustainable home that isn’t just your typical shack, ”Mr Westle said.
“A lot of people view sustainable homes as inferior or left of field, so we wanted to create something that you could walk in and easily not know about those features.
“(But) it’s still a luxury home; a unique, architecturally designed luxury home.”
The Westles’ “labour of love” was brought to life through Mr Westle’s building company Loreco with the help of Brighton-based architecture firm InsiderOutsider.
And while they may be on a residential block, albeit larger than most at 1100sq m, the home feels like your very own private escape.
“ (InsiderOutsider) used the building itself, the pool house and the pool fencing to create a really private space,” Mr Westle said.
“There’s no chance of the neighbours seeing us – it has created this beautiful private area on a normal residential block, which is quite nice.”
But the pair said it was the little details “that most people won’t see” of which they were
“We barely use heating or cooling,” Mr Westle said. “We use the fire through winter for ambience and that heats our house sufficiently. We also have a 10kW system of solar panels.”
The outdoor space is a tranquil haven featuring a pool, grass area and a deck with an outdoor fireplace. It has been the perfect space for entertaining in summer or cosying up on winter nights as a family.
“You honestly feel like you’re in a little sanctuary,” he said.
Double-glazed windows, a vegie patch and a large garage with room for two cars and a boat are also included.
“We hope someone creates some wonderful memories here because it is such a special place, we hope they enjoy it as much as we have,” Ms Westle said.
Kay & Burton Flinders director Andrew Hines said the property was “one of the most cleverly designed homes” he had seen in a long time. “It’s been designed to create an enormous amount of privacy, it’s relatively low maintenance and walking distance into Flinders – they’re the things that will appeal to the market the most,” Mr Hines said.