Mullumbimby Rural House Design
Nestled in the Pocket, a small hamlet in the rural surrounds of Mullumbimby, this one acre block featured fantastic views of Mt Chincogan and a pretty little billabong. The owners had raised their family in a large home just up the road, and were now ready to downsize and put their feet up in a smaller home requiring less maintenance.
The original concept from the client was to keep it all low set with few stairs. The survey and flood report, however, put the minimum floor level at one and a half metres above the ground.
The solution was to make the compromise from having a separate garage and shed separate from the house, to raising the floor level high enough to fit the cars, workshop, laundry and forty thousand litre water tanks all underneath the floor.
The result of this was a surprising enhancement of the outlook over the billabong and an even clearer view across the landscape to the mountains with views from every window.
With solid block piers and timber posts supporting the lightweight construction, this home looks and feels like its well prepared for whatever the elements might throw at her.
Once again, the Barefoot Building Design style has provided a light and airy living space with beautiful highlight windows to bring in the morning sun. There was also perfect alfresco deck to enjoy breakfast and take in the mountain views. The master bedroom is huge with a generous ensuite bathroom and perfectly placed louvre windows providing fresh clean country air to the entire house.
The other bedrooms are on the opposite side of the house providing the owners with privacy from the children when they come to visit. Living, dining and kitchen areas are central to the plan so everyone comes together for the big family gatherings.
Solar hot water, forty thousand litres of water storage under the floor, and five kilowatts of solar power makes this home iready to go off the grid. It is a great example of a sustainable, functional design that fits the environment around it and the Mullumbimby lifestyle.