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Ecoliv Building’s retreat at 3 Hope Way, Phillip Island is a lesson in style and sustainability

Inside this quirky eco-home lies a spectacular island retreat – complete with sweeping views, dreamy rustic decor and a chic outdoor relaxation hub

  • Sustainable architects have built an eco-friendly retreat on the coast of popular holiday spot, Phillip Island
  • Designed by Ecoliv Building, 3 Hope Way offers views of the surrounding countryside from every room
  • It’s made with ‘minimal waste’ materials and powered by solar panels, a 250l water tank and electric carport
  • The one-of-a-kind home has two bedrooms, a butler’s pantry and an spacious outdoor entertainment deck

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Architects have built an eco-friendly seaside retreat on the coast of popular holiday destination, Phillip Island.

Designed by Ecoliv Building, a firm headquartered in Gippsland, Victoria which specialises in environmentally-conscious prefabricated housing, 3 Hope Way in Cowes, the main town on the northern side of the island, is a lesson that sustainability can be achieved without compromising on style. 

The single-storey home, which was custom made with ‘minimal waste’ materials, has an impressively low energy rating thanks to renewable power sources that include solar panels, an electric carport and a 250-litre water tank.

The one-of-a-kind two-bedroom boasts a butler’s pantry, two living rooms and a ‘floating’ egg chair on its spacious outdoor deck – but there’s no question that the standout feature is the enormous living room window which captures unrestricted views of the surrounding countryside in its frame.

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Architects have built an eco-friendly seaside retreat on the coast of popular holiday destination, Phillip Island

Architects have built an eco-friendly seaside retreat on the coast of popular holiday destination, Phillip Island

It was designed by Ecoliv Building, a firm headquartered in Gippsland, Victoria which specialises in environmentally-conscious prefabricated housing

It was designed by Ecoliv Building, a firm headquartered in Gippsland, Victoria which specialises in environmentally-conscious prefabricated housing 

There's no question that the standout feature is the enormous living room window which captures unrestricted views of the surrounding countryside in its frame

There’s no question that the standout feature is the enormous living room window which captures unrestricted views of the surrounding countryside in its frame

Set on 684 square metres of land, the building consists of two ‘modules’ which intersect in a perpendicular ‘T’ shape.

The first houses a rumpus room, pantry and open plan kitchen-cum-living area while the second is filled with a bathroom, laundry and both bedrooms.

A mirrored splashback over the kitchen sink creates a reflection of the rural surrounds, flooding the house with natural light and bringing a sense of the outdoors inside.

Set on 684 square metres of land, the building consists of two 'modules' which intersect in a perpendicular 'T' shape - the first filled with a rumpus room, pantry and kitchen-cum-living area

Set on 684 square metres of land, the building consists of two ‘modules’ which intersect in a perpendicular ‘T’ shape – the first filled with a rumpus room, pantry and kitchen-cum-living area

The second houses a bathroom (pictured), laundry and two bedrooms

A mirrored splashback over the kitchen sink creates a reflection of the rural surrounds, flooding the house with natural light and bringing a sense of the outdoors inside

The second module houses a bathroom (left), while a mirrored splashback in the kitchen (right) reflects sunlight inside

The interior design compliments the coastal surrounds, with beachy accessories like wicker baskets used throughout

The interior design compliments the coastal surrounds, with beachy accessories like wicker baskets used throughout

The one-of-a-kind two-bedroom boasts a butler's pantry and a 'floating' egg chair on the outdoor deck

The one-of-a-kind two-bedroom boasts a butler’s pantry and a ‘floating’ egg chair on the outdoor deck

On the side of the house, a large entertainment deck runs parallel to the kitchen while the car port backs onto the bathroom in a further nod to the sustainability of the design.

Ray White listing agent Bec Anderson, who is overseeing the sale of the home, described it as the ‘perfect coastal getaway’ – an ideal escape from the frenzy of city living where you can work from home against the scenic backdrop of the island.

‘These modular homes are designed to compliment the seaside environment,’ Ms Anderson told Daily Mail Australia.

While the house was designed with ‘low maintenance retirement living’ in mind, it would also make a great office, weekend holiday home or Airbnb

Ray White listing agent Bec Anderson, who is overseeing the sale of the home, described it as the 'perfect coastal getaway'

An ideal escape from the frenzy of city living where you can work from home against the scenic backdrop of the island

Ray White listing agent Bec Anderson, who is overseeing the sale of the home, described it as the ‘perfect coastal getaway’

An entertainment deck runs parallel to the open plan kitchen-cum-living room

An entertainment deck runs parallel to the open plan kitchen-cum-living room

‘[The designers] use low energy materials in the construction process, which leads to significant long-term reductions in operational energy and increases in sustainability.’

While the house was designed with ‘low maintenance retirement living’ in mind, Ms Anderson believes it would also make a great office, weekend holiday home or Airbnb, with plenty of tourist attractions like an 18-hole golf course within short walking distance.

The house was listed for private sale on September 26 with an asking price of $645,000 (AUD).

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