ECO-WARRIOR HOME – Now I cannot confirm with any certainty that the folks living in this home are Eco-Warriors but what is obvious, from the exterior and interior is that they are conscious of their environment and care little for the modern day trappings of technology.
When I first came across this home it just leaped out and said Eco-Warrior Home as it simply fits in with what mother nature is doing around it and with all the solar paneling it is obvious that these folks care more for their natural surroundings than most of us.
Walk with me now and take a journey into this quirky but extremely eco-friendly home that can inspire your interior and exterior design ideas.
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Whether you find this home appealing or not you have to admire the lengths some people are prepared to go to in order to reduce their carbon footprint on our environment. These types of homes are a testament to the belief that one person can make a difference and that this one person is willing to show others a completely alternative lifestyle.
With these thoughts in mind I think we could and should applaud their efforts.
The interior is sparse with only very minimal furnishings that are simply there for functional purposes. The beauty of this home lies within the natural materials used to construct it and those stunning views beyond.
Now you might be thinking that the PVC doors are not exactly eco-friendly. While PVC production may add to emissions you have to consider that these often save vast amounts of energy and if you are living in an eco-friendly home then double or even triple glazed PVC or Vinyl windows is a great way to save on the energy that you use.
I really like to see old style craftsmanship and while the beams and joists are held in place with modern day bolts these do not detract from the natural beauty of the timbers.
With views such as these the owners obviously wanted to take full advantage of them and by creating an open-plan mezzanine floor nothing is lost.
I had a little chuckle when I first saw the photograph above as I wondered if there was any real use for the TV. I suppose keeping up to date with what’s going on in the world and a little light entertainment is a good thing, but with those views I don’t think I would ever need a TV again.
The bottom line is that the home is not the important factor here – the environment is and when you have such a stunning environment it is a moral obligation to ensure that your carbon footprint is minimal and obviously the owners of this home have really taken that to heart.
As with the opening of this article I applaud the homeowners due to their efforts in making such an eco-friendly homestead and they certainly should be an inspiration to all of us to do a little more to help our environment.
Here’s a little bit of interesting information that I would not normally include in a property article… This home is actually up for sale. The price tag is a whopping NZ$3.9m. It does however sit on 40 Hectares and when you own something with these types of views, well let’s just say that you would be one of a very lucky few.