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Retro River Rest is one of three homes featured in the open day.

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Retro River Rest is one of three homes featured in the open day.

Sustainable Houses Open To The Public This Weekend

Building houses for a sustainable future is a growing trend that shows no sign of slowing down. To coincide with Sustainable House Day on September 15, three local houses are throwing open their doors to the public.

Sustainable House Day provides an opportunity to open the doors to sustainable living and share ideas and inspire others interested in building or renovating their own sustainable home.

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The three houses are:
• Allansford Cottages, 79a Carrolls road, Allansford, These are 1850 cottages that have been renovated and restored. The work showcases some traditional building methods and features local timbers and recycled windows. The now highly insulated cottages are situated in beautiful garden surrounds.

• Jukes St Renovation, 30 Jukes St, Warrnambool A 1960s cream brick home has been transformed into a light-filled open plan home. Windows were replaced with larger double glazed units; underfloor, external wall and roof insulation was added to make this home perform much better in winter. The add addition of extra living space with a high ceiling and large east highlight window, floods the area with light while taking advantage of elevated north views across the city.

• Retro River Rest, 36 Stanley Street, Warrnambool A reimagining of shipping containers and a very clever combination of op shop furniture, fittings and decorations which make the bright interiors very welcoming.

Warrnambool City Council Mayor Mayor Cr Tony Herbert encourages anyone interested in sustainability to have a wander through the homes and take a look.

“They will be a great source of ideas and inspiration for making changes that will reduce energy consumption while adding comfort to a home.”

A free bus tour to all three homes will be available on the day. The bus will leave from Ozone Carpark at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Seats are limited and bookings are essential:
• 10:30am bookings:
• 1:30pm bookings:

An added “bonus building” will be Council’s first off-grid solar installation, which is a storage building in Ozone Carpark, close to the bus departure point. Sustainable House Day is a project of the Warrnambool Environment Action Group and is supported by Warrnambool City Council.

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