Queensland-based, Riddel Architecture has completed work on a new high end private residence constructed almost entirely from the house it replaced.
Situated in Hill End, inner Brisbane, Australia, the Hill End Ecohouse was built from recycled materials, using 95% of the salvaged material from the 19th Century house that originally occupied its narrow riverfront site.
A painstaking deconstruction process resulted in just two small skips of non-reusable materials being discarded. All additional materials were locally sourced and have undergone rigorous assessment of their environmental, social and economic sustainability credentials. Appliances were sourced to support local industry and reduce energy-miles. With sustainability at its core the Ecohouse holds a 6-star energy efficiency rating and is self sufficient without sacrificing its aesthetic beauty.
Riddel Architecture team, David Gole and Emma Scragg worked in collaboration with Robert Peagram Builders to realise its vision of creating a high end home that was based on environmental principles. Recycled materials were carefully detailed to become design features throughout the home.
"We were dedicated to creating the greenest home possible without compromising style," said Robert Riddel, Director of Riddel Architecture. "The idea of deconstructing a previous property to create something new was really exciting to us. We are pleased with how the house manages to fuse beauty with eco facilities."