Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Nurturing Nature at Home

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Nurturing Nature at Home

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THE natural surrounds and landscape are the number one priority when building a house.

It's something Craig Neilson of The Pole Home Group has found in his 20 years of building and been able to put to good use at a recently completed three-bedroom house on the Blackall Range.

The house has been entered in this year's Master Builders Association awards for sloping sites and for excellence in building for the Queensland climate. Virtually no earthworks were required or trees removed during the construction.

"Orientation, quality and outcome were the focus," Craig said, "and we achieved them all."

A pavilion-designed home with high, open ceilings in the living area, the house has louvre windows to maximise the cross-flow ventilation and the views. Recycled timber has been used for the floors, the doors are from an old bank, and concrete is used to form the benchtops.

Craig has spent the past 10 years dedicated to sloping sites for renovations and new houses to suit both the sites and the budgets. In this case, the owners wanted a house that would be user-friendly, low-maintenance and designed to bring the outside in.

They also consulted a tree surgeon and Barung Landcare who impressed on them the importance of the rainforest areas on the small acreage.

So part of the brief was a house that had only a minimum impact on the land and the rainforest.

The clients inspected Craig's own home and immediately understood how important it was to create space yet retain privacy.

In regard to their own project they were impressed by Craig's ideas of recycled floorboards, raked ceilings and exposed trusses in the spacious living area which has its own deck to the south.

The pavilion design features a central living area to maintain views and maximise the aspects from all areas. They are all linked to north-facing outdoor decks. …

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