It’s the future

ARCHITECT Sarah Besly and engineer Marc Greco say their Hilton home is an ode to sustainable living.

The front of the home has its own kitchen/living area, bedroom and bathroom, and can be separated from the rear.

The concept is repeated on a larger scale on the other side of the hall door, with a single bedroom and bathroom, and a spacious kitchen decked out in honey-gold plywood.

At the front of the home there’s a verandah, and at the rear is a covered alfresco that is a pleasant spot for outdoor dining.

“On weekends we live out here,” Besly says.

The disposition of the house is ideal for ageing parents or an adult child who wants independence but doesn’t want to leave home.

Or there’s the possibility of  “dual key” ownership: a house-sharing arrangement that could be the answer to unaffordable housing.

The concept is fairly new to Australia but it’s been around for years in Japan, the US and Sweden. Simply put, one house becomes two.

When Besly and Greco took on this post-war home in Harwood Street it was looking its age and needed lots of TLC.

“We were looking at doing something distinctive and sustainable,” Greco says.

Walls were removed to rejig rooms, using plywood panelling and space- saving sliding doors.

“Ply was a design choice for warmth and something different. And it’s maintenance free,” Besly says.

Asbestos was stripped from internal and exterior walls and the outside clad in western red cedar.

New plumbing went in and the home was rewired with the latest whizbang electronics including Freeview signal cables and keyless electronic locks.

The block was subdivided and a one-bedroom cottage built on the rear.

“It’s a small house on a small lot for affordability,” Greco says.

The cottage is off-grid thanks to a stack of solar panels and batteries, and there’s a rainwater tank connected to the toilet, washing machine and reticulated garden.

There’s endless possibilities for this property and it’s well worth checking out.

by JENNY D’ANGER

26 Harwood Street, Hilton
high $500s front house, cottage on application
Rebekah Vos Jamieson
0428 175 643
Yard Property East Fremantle

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