It wouldn’t be a proper Earth Day without a little green home eye candy, right?
Right. Get a load of the Hill End Ecohouse, a gorgeous green abode from Down Under that was recently completed and inhabited by some truly lucky Aussies. It's obvious that the home is extremely easy on the eyes (this seems to be a recurring theme in Australia whether dealing with people, places, or things) but the project itself is also an impressive feat of deconstruction: a whopping 80 percent of the raw materials from an existing home on the building site were salvaged and incorporated into the new structure. Any non-salvaged materials used in the building process were locally sourced.
As you can see in the photo on the left, the original home — built in the 1930s on a compact, hilly lot — had seen better days. Enter Brisbane-based Riddel Architecture who made it top priority to turn as much building refuse into treasure as possible without sacrificing style.
Says Riddel director Robert Riddel of the project:
We were dedicated to creating the greenest home possible without compromising style. 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.