The remoteness of this house and the weather conditions made this house a real challenge at times however Farmbuild is always up for a good challenge. This house is set in a real magical location and we spent some time making sure that we got the house position right for both the sun and the wind. In designing the house we also had to ensure that there were two outside living areas so that you could always entertain away from the wind. The kitchen was designed in two ways, one for winter when the diesel AGA was going providing both the cooking and the heating of the whole house, and then the summer when things are swapped back to electric and bi-fold window are opened to the court yard.
The diesel heating of the floor slab made living in the depths of winter a pleasure, with the house keeping a constant warm temperature, with the thermostat being set and forgotten about. The Diesel Aga also heated the hot water which made the reliance on electricity a minimum. Solar water heating also was used to add a boost to the water heating in summers as temperatures can soar in summer. The layout of the house was again to maximize the views from both the living entertaining areas, as well as the bedrooms with a totally separate guest bedroom which worked well when visitors come to stay. This homestead and The Lake Station is a special place to me and I visit there at least once a year and my nickname for it is paradise as I always enjoy my visits and am very proud of the finished product.