River House, Carlton, Tasmania

Michael and Agnes - Carlton House picture by Peter Mathew

Michael and Agnes - Carlton House 7/06/2017 picture by Peter Mathew

Michael and Agnes - Carlton House 7/06/2017 picture by Peter Mathew

Michael and Agnes - Carlton House 7/06/2017 picture by Peter Mathew

Michael and Agnes - Carlton House 7/06/2017 picture by Peter Mathew

Michael and Agnes - Carlton House 7/06/2017 picture by Peter Mathew

Michael and Agnes - Carlton House 7/06/2017 picture by Peter Mathew

Michael and Agnes - Carlton House 7/06/2017 picture by Peter Mathew

Michael and Agnes - Carlton House 7/06/2017 picture by Peter Mathew

In 2014 we completed our own passive solar designed home and office, nestled behind the dunes of Carlton Beach and opposite a beautiful wetland leading to the river mouth. The site is north facing, sheltered from strong winds and backing onto the most beautiful backyard – a coastal nature reserve teaming with wildlife. Allowing for future sea level rise (and a dingy to be moored at the front deck) the house is elevated on durable Spotted Gum posts.

The modular timber structure is lightweight and sustainably sourced with a raked double glazed, timber framed façade for optimum solar gain. We selected a combination of rough-sawn timber batten & board and cement sheet cladding for durability and low embodied energy.  The passive solar design provides most of our heating needs during winter and summer cooling is achieved by natural ventilation, wide eaves and external shade sails. We live and work all year round in this very comfortable and light filled home that uses less energy than an average one person household in Tasmania.

All materials are carefully selected either raw and natural or treated with truly non-toxic treatments to create a healthy home. The interior is a casual light filled open living plan, reflecting our family and working life. A simple palette of natural materials such as strawboard ceilings, clay paint for walls, lime washed joinery, sisal flooring and natural timber create a healthy, breathable indoor living environment free of toxins.

Our River House allows us to live a simple and sustainable life in line with our personal and professional philosophies.

Construction by South East Construction, Eagle Hawk Neck