An eco home in the blue mountains that ticks all the boxes
Designed for contemporary living, the Hazelbrook eco home is the embodiment of all that a home should be; a beautiful sanctuary to relax in, enjoy life and feel safe and warm – or cool – all year round.
Built by Oasis Developments Australia and designed by Ian Cleland of Such Developments, the home features innovative, sustainable design, materials and construction methods. It is a wonderful illustration of what can be achieved when thoughtful design, functionality, liveability and beauty combine.
A north-westerly aspect allows an abundance of light to enter the generously sized living areas. The floor plan features a light and spacious central living space including the kitchen with Essastone benchtops, stainless-steel appliances, matt-finished joinery, butler’s pantry and laundry; a dining room opening to the external covered patio, and a large living room with reading nook. 2.65-metre high ceilings, white walls and timber floors, provide a sense of spaciousness and calm.
Flooring includes natural FSC certified timber through the main living areas with 100% pure New Zealand wool carpets to the bedrooms. Bathrooms feature porcelain tiles. Area rugs define the living and dining spaces and add additional comfort under foot.
Colours are deliberately pared-back to allow future homeowners to create their own ambience with furnishings and artwork. Exterior colours blend with the natural environment and assist to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the house. LED lighting provides zoned illumination and energy efficiency; solar tubes bring additional daylight deep inside the home during the daytime
There are four large bedrooms, each fitted with built-in wardrobes and the master includes an ensuite with double vanity. The main bathroom features a free-standing bath with separate shower, heated towel rail and large vanity. Tapware throughout is lead-free stainless-steel for durability and health. Zero-VOC paints from the SJW Elementals Collection by Resene are used both inside and outside the home providing another layer of eco- and human-friendliness.
Master Builder, Brent Tamati has been building homes for more than 30 years. His passion for innovation and creating energy efficient homes saw him undertake further studies in Green Building. Meeting designer, Ian Cleland, a passionate advocate of environmentally sustainable design, over the fence on another project, was a turning point for Brent. Together Brent and Ian created the Hazelbrook to showcase a new way of designing and building houses that is energy efficient, economical and fast.
Based on the principles of European Passive House design, the home is constructed without traditional wooden frames. Instead Sipform pre-fabricated SIPS (structural insulated panels) provide speed of erection with built-in insulation for energy savings in both summer and winter. Levels of thermal comfort are enhanced through maintaining an airtight house, limiting draughts that usually affect a home’s internal temperature. Double-glazed windows offer additional thermal performance as does the extensive insulation in roof, walls and under floors.
A heat recovery system provides clean, fresh-filtered air throughout the house eliminating toxins and carbon monoxide while retaining 90% of the warmth, or coolth, created inside. This system of superior air quality is especially important for sufferers of health conditions such as asthma or allergies to pollen or dust mites. It also eliminates condensation and mould.
Landscaping, while still immature, is planted with water-conserving plants including those native to the local area. A 3000-litre tank provides water for toilets, the laundry and the garden.
Entered in the 2020 Resene Total Colour awards for interior and exterior tone on tone colour specification
Hazelbrook Eco House - Design Concept
Environmentally Friendly master built home
The Hazelbrook is an environmentally friendly master built four-bedroom home that is hi-tech, stylish and comfortable. It features state of the art mechanical ventilation with a heat recovery unit, double glazed windows, insulation in roof, walls and under slab. The home is built to Passive House standards, to be air tight and provide a cleaner and healthier lifestyle with low energy usage.
Additional eco features include zero-VOC Resene paints, glues, grouts and boards, LED lighting, FSC Certified timber flooring, quality porcelain tiles, pure wool carpets, lead-free stainless-steel tapware, engineered stone benchtops, and quality fixtures and fittings. There is also a 3,000-litre water tank for garden use.
Accommodation features large lounge room, dining room, fabulous kitchen with media centre and adjoining laundry, four large bedrooms with ensuite to the main and built in wardrobes to all. There is heaps of additional storage in the wide hallway and you will love the high ceilings, open plan living, outdoor entertaining area.
Entered in the NSW Master Builders Sustainability Awards, this home is designed to provide cleaner air, lower energy bills and a relaxed lifestyle. Located in a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood, close to schools and transport you will love the convenience this property has to offer.
Interior Design and Interior Styling by St James Whitting
Designer: Ian Cleland of Such Developments and St James Whitting
Building and construction by Oasis Developments Australia
Hydraulic Engineer Development Engineering Solutions
Basix: Graham Hunt Architect
Furniture and Furnishings: CoCo Republic
Window Furnishings: Design Curtains
Photography by Marian Riabic
Hazelbrook Eco House - Testimonial
“This system of building allows us to deliver beautiful modular homes that will truly give you the oasis you have been looking for” said Brent. “I am now able to build high-quality homes that are still beautiful and lovely to live in, but which are much kinder to the environment, your health and your hip pocket.”
Hazelbrook Eco House - Awards
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