Small Change organises and sponsors an annual student design competition 'small home BIG LIFE' to inspire the next generation of designers and builders to build smaller and more sustainable homes.
This customised Bantam needed to be completely off grid and meet our client’s needs for a low maintenance small home that capitalised on the views of the picturesque landscape just outside Castlemaine
This home was built in collaboration with our partner builder in Castlemaine who is licensed to build Small Change homes in Central Victoria.
The first issue with this home was to address orientation. The Bantam design was ideal with large sliding doors from living/kitchen and bedroom all capturing the precious North aspect in this often-chilly part of Victoria. The clients opted to add a pergola and deck and have since planted a gorgeous deciduous vine that will give them shade in summer and let the sun in during winter.
The plan was adjusted to include a very small but functional study with views to the garden. A generous main bedroom with plenty of storage and a steeply pitched ceiling adds to the sense of space and luxury. The kitchen/living/dining room is simple and functional – made special with the warmth of timber benchtops and the drama of the raked ceilings. Add in a wood burning fireplace tucked in the corner and an old gum tree framed by the narrow window to the road and it’s a space that invites a slower, more relaxed pace.
This home is also completely off grid – full solar array facing north, battery storage and back up generator, 40,000Lt water tank and a worm farm/septic system with reed beds.