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Hill Plains Cottage

Living off the grid has never been so fabulous ... except this isn't the main house. It's the guest/pool house to Wolveridge Architects award-winning Hill Plains House in country Victoria. (You can see our previous feature here.) Stylish sustainability in the middle of a wide brown land with a natural, chemical free pool by Natural Swimming Pools. If I was a guest I'd never leave.

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Cracked not broken

Like the cracks in the ground as the summer draws on. Do you stop and stub your toe against the mini abyss and wonder what creature shelters within, escaping the fierce summer sun? Not a creepy crawly in this case. No, within this crack is a simple and sustainable single family home based on the Native American pit house ... cool in summer and warm in winter thanks to being buried in the earth. The crack that splits the halves of the house allows light to penetrate deep into the rooms and provides drama. House as art installation by Bercy Chen Studio.

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That's it - I'm moving to California and buying myself a piece of land in the middle of a forest and putting an IT HOUSE on it. The IT HOUSE is about reducing down to the essentials to create a pure architectural experience of space. Every component in the IT HOUSE is designed to re-engineer and radically simplify the process of building houses. We believe that architecture should bring us closer to our environment; the IT HOUSE is the mediator between one's every day experience and the environment. The IT HOUSE is designed to create a seamless experience between the house, environment and life. Designed by Taalman Koch Architecture, the IT HOUSE, IT CABIN and IT STUDIO are customizable and made of high quality sustainable materials that are manufactured with precision off-site and rapidly assembled on site, with no heavy machinery required. These homes can be completely off-grid to bring your eco-consciousness to the max (but I kind of like having plumbing and electricity). This is what my dream cottage looks like. (My sister has alot of land at her cottage, I doubt she'd mind me putting up a little one of these...)

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MAKE architecture

An extension to a small workers cottage in Kingsville, Victoria. A collection of "stuff" to reuse, recycle, make do and make up. An individually crafted design solution by MAKE architecture studio with a sustainable agenda. It's about small ideas and the big picture. Fresh, creative. After all it's not always about conspicuous consumption. (Photography TM PHOTO.)

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A personal house tour (part 2)

As I mentioned earlier, here is part 2 of the tour of Scott and Jenny's home in the Glebe. I'll take you through the second floor that contains the dining room, kitchen and living room, the third floor where the bedrooms and a full bathroom are located, and the roof top deck. 

Art the top of the stairs to the second floor, is this interesting piece of art. It is the back of an old stove. The story goes (something along these lines anyway) an old man living in a trailer near Scott's family's cottage died when his old wood stove blew up. This is the lid of his stove, that Scott thought would look great as art. Kind of morbid, but a cool piece nonetheless. :)

The second floor is one big open space, with the kitchen at the top of the stairs, with the dining room to the left at the front of the house and the living room to the right. Their Ikea kitchen looks phenomenal. 

Scott made the concrete countertops. SWEET!!!

At this point, I nearly fainted. You NEVER see these folding patio doors up here. Maybe our decent weather is too short, or they don't keep out the cold very well in winter. Either way, I'm 100% jealous. The space is already large and open-concept...add these doors and OH-LA-LA. Jenny mentioned they may have some thick curtains made to help keep the space warm in winter.

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