2016 home of the year/spec home
A BREATH OF
What makes the GreenSmart Home of the Year so special? It ‘breathes’.
story > Gabrielle Chariton
t’s a picture-perfect example of classic Australian coastal architecture: white weatherboards, corrugated steel roof and wide, welcoming veranda. Inside, the living area, with its ﬁvemetre raked ceiling and crisp white walls, is open and inviting; a whimsical mezzanine loft space adds to the home’s storybook charm. Despite its heritage-inspired aesthetic, the 2016 HIA GreenSmart Home of the Year represents the future of housing, with highly-advanced eco-sensibilities rendering it as beautiful to live in as it is to look at. The home, which also won Spec Home of the Year, was built by Eco-Essence Homes, a relatively new Gold Coast-based building outﬁt that has helped to bring sustainable, energy-efﬁcient housing to the fore in its local region. ‘When we ﬁrst started the company, speaking eco and sustainability to people, it was like we were speaking another language. These days it’s commonplace,’ says Jeremy Magee, who started Eco-Essence Homes with Wayne Kelly ﬁve years ago, after recognising a need for ‘lifestyle-oriented, eco-friendly, modern, affordable homes’.