Front of mind right now is the environment, the world we live in, our community and day-to-day activities. It is clearer than ever that it is time to act, implement change and consider how we can more sustainably care for others and the environment.
I have approached 2020 with a renewed commitment to what I can contribute to reduce my impact on the environment. Reducing waste, eliminating single-use plastics and non-recyclable materials are high on my list.
Environmental initiatives such as The Hackett Compost Collective unite the community to educate and improve the local environment. Local business like the Ainslie IGA are actively implementing sustainable practices to reduce waste.
The manager of Ainslie IGA, Manuel Xirakis, speaks passionately to the importance of listening to the community and the part everyone has to play.
When Will and Amanda approached me this year to sell their home at 65 Ebden Street, Ainslie, I was inspired by their commitment to creating a sustainable home while retaining the heritage of their Ainslie workers cottage. They not only managed to keep the integrity of the heritage design, but they also met the needs of modern family living, and their desire to meet the standards of ‘green’.
The home is thought-provoking. The home challenges you to consider what can be done and how it can be done for home and garden, how home extends beyond the front door and is about the wider community. It’s a heritage home with a brand new outlook.
They wanted the grass to be greener. They desired a home that would lessen their environmental footprint and a home that considers the small part they could play towards sustainability.
Amanda and Will have created a family home that is not only aesthetically beautiful, reverent to its heritage, but also treads lightly on our environment, achieving a 5-star EER and adopting solar and water efficiency with a garden that feeds the family all year round.
I think it is all too easy in our disposable society to knockdown. But 65 Ebden Street, Ainslie demonstrates that design integrity and efficiency can be achieved in older-style homes.
Integral to the home is the designed garden, artistic and environmental considerations, interwoven with family function and lifestyle spaces, to create a sustainable, liveable and edible garden. It’s beautiful, productive.
Amanda and Will challenged their architect David Hobbs to transform their home to incorporate its heritage while putting in every effort to create a sustainable space to live in.
Civic mindedness is what defines their garden design, throwbacks to Ainslie’s early days when gardens were front of mind in urban planning and were supported in the Garden City Movement.
Garden, verge and streetscape combine to make an inspiring micro-urban realm. The vegetable garden at the front of the home invites connection with the street. The neighbours stop to chat en route to the Ainslie shops, neighbourhood children ride past going to school and the park.
Maybe this is all it will take, a little bit from each of us, design consideration in our homes to use less energy, gardens to grow some veggies and connect with our community to make for a better world and environment.