Yakisugi is a Japanese method of wood preservation. The top layer of the wood is burnt to give it a longer lifespan creating a charred effect.
The team at Jones Designs were inspired by the look of the burnt timber and the unique preservation qualities it provides and chose to use it on the exterior as the front facade and in the interior as a feature walls in their new Boorooma home
“It sustainable and unique,” Jones Designs owner Andrew Jones said.
“Burnt timber looks good and extends the life of the timber by about 80 years.”
All the timber was burnt by Andrew and his wife, Erica.
When designing homes, sustainability and regenerative practices are focal points.
"Being as eco friendly as possible within reason for people's budgets of course,” Andrew said.
They’ve used this practice in their home in many ways.
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The brick feature at the front was created using reclaimed bricks from the old Kapooka Bridge.
The front retaining wall was created using stone dug up from the site itself and from another nearby site in Boorooma.
“The orientation of the house, roof structure and design, insulation properties and placement of glass panelling all focus on using nature to its best advantage and therefore reducing the houses carbon footprint,” Andrew said.
“It’s an energy efficient home, it’s orientated to face north and has ceilings sloped to ensure that it’s not getting blasted by the sun in summer and maximises the amount of sun coming in during winter.”
There’s also extra insulation and tight seals around windows and doors to keep energy costs down.
“We look forward to living in and monitoring the the savings over time,” Andrew said.
Further sustainable features are going to be added such as solar panels, grey water systems and water tanks.
The large three-metre tall back sliding doors allow plenty sun to drench the home while also capturing the views.
Jones Designs is a small business which has been around for four years while Andrew has been designing homes for more than 13 years.
The team consists of Andrew and Erica and they design around 30 homes a year. They can also consult on the interior design scheme.
If you’re thinking about a residential or commercial build, renovation or extension in Wagga or surrounds, take the chance to explore this Boorooma home.
The home is only open for inspection once on Saturday August 11 from 10am to 1pm.
The home is located on 115 Bradman Avenue opposite Explorer Park (the corner of Darcy and Bradman.)