first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoGarden Room House in New Farm Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones“Bruce and I have very complimentary skills … so it was a very harmonious process from the design, right through to the build,” Ms Stalker said.“He ran a really great site and got some really beautiful work out of the people that were on-site.”Ms Stalker, an architect of 29 years, and Mr Carrick, a graduate of architecture and industrial design, and also a furniture maker, decided that their underused pool needed to be repurposed.“It was consuming so much energy, and the kids just stopped using it and then we questioned why we were keeping it,” Ms Stalker said.The couple then decided to recycle the pool as a water tank under the living room slab and also use part of it to create a water garden at the back of the home.“We want to use passive systems that don’t require extra energy,” she said.Other ways that the couple used sustainable design was to recycle a lot of the existing house into their new home.They re-used all of the decking by slicing each plank in two and using them as slats for sunshading, they also re-used a lot of the hardwood and recycled the pool fence as balustrading.“In terms of general design we worked very hard to make the house look quite simple and to be efficient in our use of materials,” Ms Stalker said. Garden Room House in New Farm is one of the many homes available to be seen on Sustainable House Day — September 17. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesA RARELY used swimming pool turned into a no-cost hydronic heating/cooling system is just one of the clever sustainable home designs you can see first-hand on September 17.The re-purposed pool is one of the many sustainability ideas that Caroline Stalker and her husband Bruce Carrick used when designing their home renovation at New Farm.Known as the “Garden Room House”, the home is one of many environmentally friendly houses that will be open to the public as part of Sustainable House Day on September 17.The national event, run by the not-for-profit organisation Alternative Technology Association, gives the community the rare chance to see inside some of the most environmentally friendly homes. For more information, to register for a tour or to view profiles of this year’s homes, visit sustainablehouseday.comCaroline Stalker said she and Mr Carrick had a fantastic time designing and building their Garden Room House and were already planning another home in the not so distant future.Not only did the couple design the home themselves, they also built it themselves, their first venture into being so hands on.last_img