Straw bale home on 40 acres
Outstanding design and rich character come together in this straw bale delight. Featuring magnificent cathedral ceilings and stunning use of whole tree trunks in the main living area, it showcases local celery top pine in every room. Timber floors throughout the home are Tasmanian blackwood. Built to take advantage of the lovely views, the house flows naturally into the garden and outdoor entertainment area and the landscape beyond.
The home is bursting with clever features that ensure comfort and energy efficiency in every season. The north aspect means that the sun pours in, especially in winter. A sun room traps the winter sun and transfers heat into the house. The rendered straw bale walls ensure that the heat stays in.
There is a five kilowatt solar array feeding power into the grid. Rainwater is stored in five large tanks, totalling 115 thousand litres. The solar water heater delivers piping hot water all year round.
The kitchen is huge and features a Rayburn wood stove. It is a delight to cook on, and has a wetback to boost the solar water heater on cloudy days. Bench tops are celery top pine. There is an induction cook top and large electric oven, dishwasher and pantry. Storage is generous.
The laundry has been fitted out as a butler's pantry.
The main bedroom has a huge picture window, great for watching the mist roll into the valley in winter, or enjoying the honeyeaters in the garden outside. It has a large walk in robe, with access to a storage loft above.
The bathroom is spacious, and has underfloor heating. There are two separate toilets with hand basins.
The main lounge area features a huge book case in celery top pine. It has a wood heater nestled into a four metre high mud brick wall.
The west wing of the house was built as a professional sound recording studio. These spacious rooms offer on opportunity to run a business from home. They could be developed as a separate living space, or integrated into the rest of the home as bedrooms and an extra lounge room.
Behind the main building is a five by twelve metre sleep out, fully double glazed and air conditioned. It could become a granny flat, a bed and breakfast, or a very deluxe workshop.
Around the home are well established native trees and shrubs full of bird life. There is a huge vegetable garden, fully fenced and netted. Fruit trees are dotted throughout. The rural view is stunning.
Other features include:
Livestock fencing and shelter, with gravity fed water troughs.
Four small dams
A spring fed well with solar water pump.
Two shipping containers (power connected)
with 10 x 10 metre covered workshop area
Steel cattle yards with crush and ramp