Cosy up by the fireplace at night and wake to verdant bush views at this environmentally minded small home just 10 minutes from Inverloch’s cafes and beaches.

Amy Plant and Richard Vaughan (of Modhouse) designed and built this 50-square-metre, one-bedroom dwelling with sustainability at its core. Three shipping containers comprise the foundations, insulation is made from 80 per cent recycled glass, and sustainably harvested hardwood and eco ply shape the interior. Rooftop solar panels provide power, and water comes solely from the rainwater tanks out the back.

While the house might be set up for small-footprint living, no mod-cons need be sacrificed. The well-equipped kitchen is fitted with a stovetop, oven, dishwasher, fridge and espresso machine, while a washing machine is tucked away in a cupboard. There’s wi-fi, but also books to read, a veggie patch to shape slow meals from, and cosy corners for restful tech-free solitude. You’ll share the surrounding peaceful five acres with kookaburras, koalas, wallabies and a wombat – and two particularly friendly border collies.

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Updated: February 3rd, 2022

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