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7. Location: Sydney, NSWWhy we love it: Just stand back and take it in. We love the invitation to admire this stunning space, and the way the marble panels are used solely on the outside of the island bench tone down the ‘look at me’ aspect just enough.
Although it’s important to stay true to your interior style, don’t be afraid to challenge conventional thinking by mixing different metallic finishes in the same space. This kitchen provides a good example as the stainless-steel appliances and fittings recede into the background while the copper light fittings take centrestage.
5. Lift up the locationBy installing high windows, you not only maintain privacy, but you also allow light into a space. Here high windows over the kitchen are louvered in some sections to allow ventilation as required.
Why is it so important?Knowing that you are doing your part to create a sustainable future should be enough of a motivating factor to implement these design principles. However, a more evident payoff is the immediate savings you will see in the cost of running your home. Many homes we are living in now that were built in the last 50 – or even five – years did not take into account our climate and environment. Up front, these homes required large amounts of energy and resources to initially be built. On top of this, the energy used to run these homes is huge and often wastes energy; working against the climate and putting further unnecessary strain on our environment. Basic passive design principles can be easily incorporated into your home design for no extra cost, and can reduce – or even eliminate – the need for auxiliary heating or cooling.See how recycled materials and local dirt helped design this eco-friendly home