Australia is home to the largest houses in the world. That’s pretty crazy considering it is an island continent, and that much of the land is remote, mostly uninhabited outback. With sustainability and mindfulness playing a larger role in people’s lives, houses are being built with these concepts in mind. Sustainability doesn’t mean that one must live underground, or in a structure made completely out of recycled material (though that is definitely a plus), today’s luxury homes are taking cues from the green movement and creating habitats for people which are eco-conscious as well more functional that the average modern house, while also taking up a considerable smaller amount of space.
In Melbourne, luxury home builders have created a beautiful homes, which features many green ideas such as the collection of rainwater, and optimisation of natural light. This clever design sought to minimize the square footage of the home compared to the houses around it while still maintaining average living space and spatial types, designed for function, sustainability, and good quality. This house definitely does not skimp on luxury design, and builders looking to expand into the sustainable building can take a few tips from THAT House.
We spend a lot on heating and cooling. This is just a fact of life, but what if it didn’t have to be? Taking advantage of the natural heat from the sun during winter will help warm up your home depending on where you place windows. In THAT House, north facing windows are designed for passive solar gain, and there is minimal glass on the east side of the house.
- Square feet
A luxury house built on sustainability does not need to be a large house. When building a sustainable luxury house, the way to go is to create a space that is just enough for people to live comfortably in, without being excessive with the square footage. Part of being sustainable is only taking as much as you need without going overboard and this definitely applies to land consumption.
- Green space
While a house is better off being smaller in accordance to sustainability, more green space is encouraged. A functional “yard” if you will, where pleasure can be sought in the viewing and experiencing beautiful trees and foliage, or food can be grown, or the space can be used for entertaining. The green space is no longer just for curb appeal, but should function as an extension of the actual house.
When hearing about sustainability, one usually thinks of water conservation and in the case of building and designing luxury homes, this can come into play with high-tech water systems. A mechanical system for the collection of rainwater and distribution for watering the garden and flushing the toilets is the epitome of sustainable luxury homes.