National Sustainable House Day

If you’re interested in sustainable living, don’t miss this opportunity to see how Castlemountain is set up.

Castle Mountain is constructed of stone and cypress pine sourced from the property. The kitchen, dining, sunken lounge [with Spin-a-fire] and games area occupy the pavilion-style main room with raked ceilings and exposed beams. The house is insulated with iszal and Solomit.

Overlooking the groundfloor is the mezzanine floor supported in part by the trunks of five very large pines. There are three bedrooms, a small bathroom and a rumpus room upstairs, the master bedroom and guest bedroom are on the lower floor together with two bathrooms, a laundry and pantry.

Water and power sources are autonomous (off-grid).

Built on a cement slab the whole house is surrounded by verandahs.

Apart from the bedrooms the lower floor is ceramic tiled unlike the mezzanine which is narrow pine boards salvaged while milling the larger timbers through the on-site mill. The flooring of the verandah is 75cm lengths of pine standing on their ends.

Above the walkway on the mezzanine floor are clerestory windows aiding hot air evacuation in summer and warmth in winter. In the whole of the house the majority of the windows are louvres.

Peter and Lynda open their house from 11am to 4pm. Entry is by donating a gold coin (for operation Christmas Child). Castemountain is at 665 Carinya Road, Quirindi (follow Carinya Road to the end). For more information call Peter on 0403 034 546.