It's located on the site of a former Australian sawmill — hence the name — but the land it sits on isn't the only thing the Sawmill House is reusing. The outer walls of the house and site were built using 270 one tonne reclaimed concrete blocks that would have otherwise gone to waste. The home's open floorplan is complemented by movable screens made from untreated, rough sawn wood that will age along with the house, a brass wall that hides storage and utilities, and a master bedroom that opens onto a courtyard by way of a large pivoting door. The backside is dominated by a large veranda that overlooks the hillside and provides a transition from the interior portions of the house.
Photos: Ben Hosking