IF all new homes were as environmentally sustainable as this one in Bayswater, Australia would be well on the way to meeting its carbon emissions target.
The three-bedroom dwelling on Aughton Street is certified as producing 83 per cent less CO2 than an average new home.
Skewed at an interesting angle to make the most of a northern orientation, the polished concrete floor in the spacious open-plan is a heat trap in the winter and keeps things cool in summer.
Outside, bespoke jarrah louvres make the timber-deck alfresco a pleasant spot all year round.
A heat-recovery unit pumps out cold air and sucks in warm air during winter, and reverses the process in summer, meaning the air conditioning will barely be used.
As I went outside to look at the low-maintenance rear garden, with raised garden beds and super-high fencing, I realised how warm it was inside and wished I hadn’t taken my coat off.
There’s a rain water tank plumbed into the toilet and washing machine, insulated exterior walls, and the power from solar panels feeds into a 10kW battery, making the home almost off-grid.
All this sustainability is wrapped up in a stylish modern home, designed to meet the needs of today’s family.
Raw particle board lines a wall in the living area, and the ceiling is staggered to give the dining area an open feel.
Banks of stacker doors open onto the street-facing alfresco deck, which overlooks terraced lawn.
A second, small sitting area closes off with sliding doors, creating a quiet space or perhaps a guest bedroom.
Blue and white glass tiles add a splash of colour to the spacious and uber-functional kitchen, which has white cupboards and beautiful marri benchtops.
There’s a heap of cupboards, a double pantry and a Bosch induction stove top, “which is super energy efficient,” the owner says.
Upstairs is another sitting area and two double bedrooms with built-in-robes.
The main bedroom is spacious, with a large en suite with natural slate and a marri vanity with double sinks.
Golden bamboo floors and ceiling fans give the bedrooms a Bali feel.
Aughton is a quiet street close to two primary schools, the train station, and cafes and shops.
by JENNY D’ANGER
5 Aughton Street, Bayswater
EOI from $789,000
Carlos Lehn 0416 206 736
Acton Mt Lawley 9272 2488