CUSTOM DESIGNED RAMMED EARTH ON 50 ACRES
393 Sinclairs Lane, Walmer (Greater Castlemaine region) – $740,000 – $790,000
An outstanding award-winning 4 bedroom home, set in 50 acres of high conservation value bushland between Castlemaine (12ks) and historic Maldon (5ks). It is adjacent to the Maldon State Forest and backs onto two large, treed farms. 1.5 hours to Melbourne.
A finalist in Master Builders Association Awards in both Sustainability and Best Custom Built Home, this beautiful, low-maintenance, solar passive home, built by Eco Sustainable Homes, is designed to sit in harmony with its peaceful surroundings and the earth from which it was formed.
The house is north facing allowing winter sun to flood and warm the rooms. The sculptural, thermal mass of the Rammed Earth walls are both timeless and eco-friendly, conserving heat in winter and absorbing heat in summer.
Summer heat control is achieved by the insulating value of the Rammed Earth walls, ceiling fans in all rooms, tiled slab floors, casement windows (with external blinds) designed to scoop breezes and vine covered courtyards.
Bringing the Outside in
Extensive use of double-glazed windows brings light and the outside environment into every room. The two courtyards provide year-round eating and sitting areas. All rooms have external access to the garden or courtyards.
The well-designed kitchen has a very large walk-in pantry. There are 4 bedrooms, (or 3 plus a study), one with ensuite and walk-in robe, one with private toilet and walk-through to bathroom. All bedrooms have full-length windows and doors looking out onto the property. The family bathroom has a curved glass walled shower and an adjacent third toilet.
The large living room and dining area has a solid wood heater and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the native garden, old growth gums and to the hills beyond.
A feed-back to grid solar system substantially reduces electricity costs. The ample water supply comes from a very large 75,000 litre rainwater tank and a house dam (with jetty). There is a vegie garden, garden shed and dog enclosure.
The property has two dams one with extensive wetland, (water birds and frogs), mature stands of eucalypts and a healthy understory all protecting numerous native animals and a resident mob of roos. The garden around the house is planted with natives and is designed to be weed and drought resistant and is home to many small birds.
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