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Small House with Solar-Power and Rainwater-Collection

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This is a sustainable small house with solar-power and rainwater-collection near Melbourne, Australia that you can rent on Airbnb.

It’s a sustainable off-grid home on a secluded 20 acres with rainwater collection, solar panels, batteries, a Rota-Loo composting toilet system, and eleven cows on the property. How would you like to live in a setting like this?

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Sustainable Off-Grid Small House with Solar and Rainwater System in Victoria, Australia

Small House with Solar-Power and Rainwater-Collection

Photos via Robert/Airbnb

The kitchen is so unique and awesome. There’s a farmhouse sink, corrugated metal siding, and brick… If you like funky, I think you’ll like this 🙂

Small And Sustainable Farmhouse Cabin Near Melbourne

The bedroom embraces the corrugated steel siding, too.

Small And Sustainable Farmhouse Cabin Near Melbourne

It doesn’t really get more funky than a bath tub in your living room, does it?

Small And Sustainable Farmhouse Cabin Near Melbourne

No worries, there’s another bedroom.

Small And Sustainable Farmhouse Cabin Near Melbourne

The bathroom seems pretty basic, spacious, it has a custom composting toilet, and also embraces corrugated walls. Keeping it consistent!

Small And Sustainable Farmhouse Cabin Near Melbourne

This small house packs a custom fireplace with nearby bathtub, in the living room.

Small And Sustainable Farmhouse Cabin Near Melbourne

Aerial View… (Not So Tiny At All, Is It?)

Small And Sustainable Farmhouse Cabin Near Melbourne

Photos via Robert/Airbnb

Built with sustainability in mind, as the home is off the grid with solar panels and batteries, backup generator, gas fridge and gas hot water system • The unique property has a cosy feel and oozes character, finished with corrugated zincalume the home blends into its natural rural environment• The ‘L Shaped’ house has cathedral ceilings throughout, with open plan kitchen, meals and large living area• The kitchen has a slow combustion stove with brick surround, timber cupboards, stone benchtops, farmhouse sink and large pantry• The meal and living area has ample natural light, exposed timber, claw foot bath in front of a two-sided open wood heater• Two large bedrooms, both with external access. Master bedroom with mezzanine floor (or room for a third bedroom) and sink, second bedroom with RCSS• Large open bathroom with walk in shower, vanity and washing machine facilities. Toilet with composting ‘Rotaloo’• Outside the property has a fenced house yard and veggie garden, carport and three rainwater tanks (2 x 23,000Lt & 1 x 500Lt)•

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  • Sheila Plourde
    November 30, 2018, 6:21 pm

    This is real nice. I take it the bathtub is in the living area? Can soak and watch TV or crank some Neil Diamond up…. I like that idea. This is beautiful. Love the walls. Eye catching. Bedroom and bathroom too. To bad it is in Australia. I checked out about moving there when I was in the music biz. You had to have money in your bank account. Which I did. Than my friend talked me out of it. No regrets.

    • Stephan of Arkansas, USA
      March 23, 2020, 12:46 pm

      I love Australia. I’ve visited three times (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth), and found the people welcoming, the big cities vibrant, and small towns lovely and livable. Incredible Greek, Lebanese, and Italian food. Some interesting architecture down there, and it seems that every snake, spider, and many marsupials are poisonous and eager to kill you. I love my home country USA and especially the South, but my next time round I hope to be born in Australia or New Zealand. These comments respectfully submitted.

  • Geri Bentley
    December 1, 2018, 7:46 am

    Sooooo how much is this property?

  • Geri Bentley
    December 1, 2018, 7:49 am

    Never mind my last comment! Found the price.

  • merryl
    December 1, 2018, 9:25 am

    A bathtub in the living?That is just weird.

    • James D.
      December 1, 2018, 3:55 pm

      Not really, just something more common in luxury or off-grid homes…

      Mind, bathtubs aren’t only used for bathing but also relaxing and when used for long periods it can help to have a view, watch a movie, etc.

      Mind the proximity to the fireplace as well… Makes for a good combination…

  • Gabriella
    December 1, 2018, 9:27 am

    “The Sensations are the details that make up our life”
    By Oscar Wilde
    I add: and always tell more than many words….

  • D. Pedersen
    December 1, 2018, 10:49 am

    I think the corrugated zincalume is used to shield the house in case of bush fires. They are fairly common in Australia.

  • Marcus
    December 6, 2018, 8:52 pm

    There is this new thing call ablenook, anyone knows anything about it. They have a website with the same name? $65000, thoughts?

    • Alex
      December 7, 2018, 11:05 am

      Hey Marcus, I checked that out, thanks for sharing. I’ll look into it!

    • James D.
      December 7, 2018, 9:18 pm

      It’s a prefab shelter kit that’s easy to assemble, originally intended for disaster relief housing, but they’re also developing it to be used for prefab housing, modular classrooms, flex office space or even military applications.

      Designs are scalable/modular, consisting of aluminum pieces that can just snap together and SIP panels, all of which can also be taken apart easy as well to re-assemble it somewhere else… It has been in development since about 2011…

      Like Ten Fold Engineering, which is another one to keep an eye on, they have a promising concept that has taken time to develop funding, business partners, etc. to make it a viable business and be at the point they’re finally selling units… Full production won’t start until 2020, assuming everything goes well with their early and limited production for 2019…

      It’s very much still in the early adopter stage. So it may be a few years before we know how good the product is and whether the company will have a long term future…

      • Alex
        December 8, 2018, 7:01 am

        Thanks for the info, James!

  • Danny Fletcher
    December 6, 2019, 11:52 am

    Dont understand tub in living room looks like the bathroom from pictures has enough space to put in there
    from what I seen of bath

  • e.a.f.
    December 29, 2019, 9:35 pm

    I like the use of metal for some of the walls. I expect it is cost effective and a bit better for the environment. Nice house

  • SolarEze
    October 14, 2020, 9:21 pm

    Going off-grid and having a self-sustaining alternatives are a trend. Not relying much on commercial but going solo does have its benefits and advantages.

  • Eric
    November 6, 2021, 3:16 pm

    Strange, humourish even, juxtaposition of words…

    a Rota-Loo composting toilet system, and eleven cows on the property.

    One way of getting rid of the cows business… lol

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