Natural Designer Home, Casuarina
Natural Designer Home, Casuarina
When award-winning builder, Mick Corcoran, undertook to construct his own family home, he set out to create a beautiful architecturally designed home that was healthy to live in and a fine example of sustainable living.
Mick works collaboratively with Natural Designer Homes, a company that leads the way in environmentally aware building. The collaboration has won a myriad of Housing Industry Association and Master Builders Excellence in Building Awards since 2009 including several Greensmart Energy Efficenct Home of the Year Awards.
This two-storey home at Casuarina on the NSW North Coast was thoughtfully designed to blend with the coastal environment using sustainable building materials integrated with a functional low maintenance design.
Strategies were implemented for energy and water management, indoor air quality, the careful selection of materials, landscaping, stormwater management, and minimal wastage to ensure the project met its brief. The home has been designed to take advantage of natural lighting and passive solar heating throughout the year, as well as the prevailing breeze paths for ventilation.
Cedar, and coreten stell were selected as the core building materials. The coreten is designed to rush and protect itself and has a low carbon content. The selection and use of building products that promote and support a healthy indoor home were a key consideration. Every material that has gone into the home has been scrutinised for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and the best alternative selected to improve the air quality.
ROCKCOTE Clay Paint was slected for the interior of the home (including all walls, ceilings and skirtings) for its zero VOC content and ability to act as a filter to improve indoor air quality.
"We wanted something that looks fabulous, was one hundred percent natural, odour-free and wouldn't harbour mould in what is a fairly humid environment," Mick said.
"The natural white colour looks stunning and has helped create an amazing indoor environment that we know does now compromise our health."
The ROCKCOTE Clay Paint was used over plasterboard walls with a preparatory coat of EcoStyle Sealer/Undercoat. Two coats of Clay Paint were applied with a roller, and the product was watered down slightly for cutting-in coats.
The completed home has certainly caught the attention of the industry, taking out the 2013 Housing Industry Association Gold Coast/Northern Rivers Housing and Bathroom Awards - Greensmart Energy Efficient House of the Year. It also won the 2013 Master Builders Excellence in Building Awards - Best Environmental Management Award.
It also took out the 2013 Master Builders Northern NSW Excellence in Building Awards Best Sustainable Energy Project.
- 340 square metre family home
- 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
- Two storey with all living areas on the ground floor
- Timber frame
- Cedar, coreten, steel exterior. Two coats of ROCKCOTE Armour over the cedar
- Interior plasterboard walls
- Interior finishes: ROCKCOTE Clay Paint in its natural colour on walls, ceilings and skirtings (two coats over one preparatory coat of ROCKCOTE EcoStyle Sealer/Undercoat)
Photography: Brad Kay