131 Whelans Rd, HEALESVILLE VIC 3777Sold $840,000
Sustainable Living on 40 Acres
House Sold - HEALESVILLE VIC
This Property is truly unique. The land on Title is 40 Acres with a further 10 Acres on a life time lease. As you open the front door on the bottom floor you are greeted with a very modern entrance with beautiful polished floors which you access two Bedrooms, a good sized bathroom complete with a claw Bath. In the hallway there is this amazing staircase which was discovered at the Maryborough Foundry and was used as a fire escape. Making your way upstairs you reach the top floor which has open plan living, commercial Bamboo Floors throughout, comprising of a Kitchen, Dining and lounge with beautiful Timber framed Doors which open up onto the balcony making the most of the magnificent views to the surrounding hills and farmland. Sustainable Living, describes a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources, and ones personal resources.
1/ Environmental footprint. The Vendor chose to build a double storey as the footprint is smaller, so a smaller slab is needed meaning less concrete and less excavation for the site.
This also has allowed maximum capture of the views.
2/ Ecological rating. Choosing a concrete slab allows for cooling in the spring, Summer and Autumn. Hot water in these Seasons are heated by a solar system. In the winter the water is heated through a wet back from the fireplace. 3/ Electricity. The property is off the grid, which means it is made from the sun and stored in 12 Batteries. This system was installed in 2012. There is also back up generator. 4/ Thermal store. A concrete wall which was installed through the centre of house stores heat from the solid fuel fire which is installed on the ground floor, keeping the house warm long after the fire is out. 5/ Cooling, the ground floor stays beautifully cool from the concrete slab, the upstairs has been cleverly designed to be opened up. The Windows are placed in such a way as to draw cross ventilation, so with all Windows open there is a lovely cool breeze, in the same way a traditional Queenslander house works. 6/ Worm Farm Septic. There is an A & A Worm Farm septic. All plumbing from the house empties into this, as does any food scraps. 7/ Fire safety, the house has a flat roof with no intersecting roof pitches, so no sparking embers don’t have a chance to get caught underneath the Roof. The house is clad in Hebel panels, which is aerated concrete, meaning the walls are very fireproof. The windows are double glazed and they are made from sustainable sauced Merbau which has an extremely high fire rating due to its density (same with the decking). The Decks uprights are ex marine timbers.