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Mechtersheimer

Peter Downes

NSW & ACT Entries 2010

The owners of this beautiful site were very keen to have a house that blended in with the natural surroundings. Timber and stone were both selected with this in mind. The use of timber also added warmth to the building to avoid the sterility of most which is currently commonplace.

Various species were used, each suitable to it's location and application.

Bamboo was chosen for the living room and bedroom floors becuase of it's durability and light colour.

Stained Western Red Cedar was the ideal choice for the exernal cladding as it blended with the numerous trees on ths site.

Blackbutt added warmth to the stairwell area,and the Radiata Pine ceiling produced a interesting texture to some of the ceilings.

Hardwood ( species unknown ) was used for the external decks to compliment the garden areas, and to provide durable outdoor spaces.

The solid pine kitchen was imported from Germany to complete the picture.

The house has been designed to be self sufficient in water and energy, so the sustainability of timber was an obvious choisce to compliment the environmentally friendly philosophy.
Entered into:
  • Residential Class 1, New Buildings (Single family dwellings/townhouses), 2010
  • Best Use Of Solid Timber Cladding, 2010
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