Etica Studio: A Recycled Australian Home

January 13, 2014

Hey there! How did the weekend treat you? Mine started out pretty mellow but switched into high gear yesterday as we started our renovations at the shop. They are coming along great and it feels pretty awesome watching our storage and organization dreams coming together! But we’ve still got a solid couple of days of hard work ahead of us before opening our doors to the public once again so no chance of any R&R until then! I came across some pics of this beautiful Australian home last week and couldn’t wait to share them with you. If you can believe it, despite looking as though it could be a heritage shop conversion, it’s actually a newly built home! Home owner Carla Karsakis (of building design studio Etica Studio) has a passion for sustainable architecture and, together with her husband Ben, built and designed the home using recycled and salvaged materials, including some from existing structures on the property. Here are a few of my favourites and you can see plenty more (as well as detailed descriptions) over at House Nerd:

Etica Studio via House Nerd. Photo by Meghan Plowman.Etica Studio via House Nerd. Photo by Meghan Plowman.

Etica Studio via House Nerd. Photo by Meghan Plowman.

Etica Studio via House Nerd. Photo by Meghan Plowman.Etica Studio via House Nerd. Photo by Meghan Plowman.

Etica Studio via House Nerd. Photo by Meghan Plowman.

 

Etica Studio via House Nerd. Photo by Meghan Plowman.Etica Studio via House Nerd. Photo by Meghan Plowman.

Etica Studio via House Nerd. Photo by Meghan Plowman.Etica Studio via House Nerd. Photo by Meghan Plowman.

” I wanted everything to be recycled or secondhand, ” says Carla. ” We salvaged as many elements as possible from the garage and shed. This included jarrah beams, an old barn-style door which was made in England and a jarrah workbench which was constructed by the previous owner. “

Pretty cool, isn’t it? I’m totally in love with those Spanish tiles on the bathroom floor, what a statement! Enjoy your Monday!

6 comments

1 Juls { 01.13.14 at 10:00 am }

So cool to build a brand new house with so much character, looks like they’ve lived there forever.

2 Victoria { 01.15.14 at 8:54 am }

I love this house, what a fun place to live!
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3 Birch + Bird { 01.15.14 at 5:12 pm }

Agreed Juls! I like the idea of building timeless homes rather than trendy

4 Birch + Bird { 01.15.14 at 5:14 pm }

So glad you liked it, Victoria!

5 Carla Karsakis - Etica Studio { 02.03.14 at 2:58 am }

Wow, How fantastic it is to have our home recognised on the other side of the globe! We just love the stories and history of old buildings and using recycled materials have injected soul into our house whilst saving waste from landfill. Thankyou for showcasing our home and my design studio :)

6 Birch + Bird { 02.03.14 at 10:28 am }

My pleasure, Carla! Your home is beautiful and I just love all of the personality that reclaimed and vintage pieces and fixtures bring to a space. Great work!

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