This Environmental Home Incorporates a Pond and Garden

Tim Stewart Architects designed 'Storrs,' an environmental home located on an orchard in Queensland, Australia.The clients, who are entering retirement, wanted a home that would better reflect their changing lifestyle.

The 18-hectare site features a large dam, and the new home is located across from a dam-fed pond accessed from the home's outdoor room. The rest of the house wraps around a courtyard garden. Each of the rooms engage with the garden and view, offering a serene quality to the space.

Perhaps the biggest change in the new home is its environmental consciousness. The architects installed low-energy lighting, solar water heating and a timber-clad water storage unit, which holds over 60,000 liters. The same timber, which was milled on-site, is used for the home's exposed timber panels, flooring and parts of the sub-structure.