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Think big, build small has been our little adage at the Origins Guide. As general manager of The Sociable Weaver, Reece has admirable aspirations to help design and construct a more sustainable way of living. The Bungalow is his take on what modern, design forward, sustainable living represents. We had a chat to Reece about his passion, inspiration and what guests love about their stay.

The Bungalow - Cape Paterson | Meet The Makers

3 BEDROOMS | 2 BATHROOMS

Rates start from $199 (AUD) per night 

The Bungalow is a 3 bedroom architecturally designed, sustainable home. It occupies a small footprint of only 120 sqm, but packs a punch with a light and airy environment, double height living room, considered spaces and enough room for the whole family to come together. This coastal retreat is located within The Cape Ecovillage and a short walk through the community gardens to the popular surf beaches and Cape Tavern. Spend afternoons by the water exploring the rock pools, the nearby countryside, coastal walks or just in the backyard enjoying the peace and quiet.

The home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and is split over two levels, providing the perfect space for a couple or a family and friends getaway.

We had a chat to Reece about the inspiration behind The Bungalow and what guests most enjoy about the home and the experience of being there.

What's the inspiration behind The Bungalow?

I wanted something stripped back, minimal and with a focus on only the things we need. I was reading a study that showed we only live in a fraction of our home. There’s so much unutilised space and from a sustainability perspective it’s just wasteful. Early on we focused on rethinking what we actually needed – doubling down on getting those elements correct.

Instead of pure footprint we focused on light and volume. For instance, the living area is double height with large light filled northerly windows, which creates a wonderful bright environment.

Utilising passive solar design principles, we maximised the sun exposure coming into the house, with a northerly facing aspect and minimal windows on the western and southern aspects of the home. We also used sustainable materials. Forestry stewardship council accredited timber was to construct the home.

The result is a thoughtful, light and bright, design forward but most importantly sustainable space.

What do guests most love?

Guests love the light-filled warmness of the home. It’s a very stable and comfortable environment. The double height living area is a charming place to gather and relax with friends and family.

The home is in quite an incredible location, it’s an easy 10 minute walk to the beach – there’s three great beach spots including bay beach which has little rock pools. The town of Cape Paterson is also really charming. The local pub has a nice feel to it and often has live music.

I think ultimately it’s the charm of being in a beautiful coastal town and being able to experience it in a unique way that guests most love.

What do you most enjoy about your home?

It’s those Friday evenings, after we’ve left the city and a busy week behind. Arriving at the home, on a still night we can hear waves crashing from the ocean. As we enter the home it’s warm, cosy and inviting. From the back of the house I can smell the grass and hear the nearby cows. I think ultimately it feels like home.

Having that earthy connection, sense of relaxation and a feeling of arriving home is priceless.

Your Host - Reece Stubbs | The Bungalow

Hailing from Leongatha, Reece wanted to build a country house close to his old hometown. As general manager of The Sociable Weaver, “a design and building company that creates healthy, sustainable, and inspiring homes,” Reece wanted to create something of his own that met these high standards.

Reece developed his holiday house at The Cape – a sustainable development project that combines modern architecture, clean energy and community spirit, set along an extraordinary stretch of Victorian coastline. The Bungalow is a 3 bedroom, small foot-print, design forward and most importantly sustainable home.

Looking for more holiday home inspiration? Check out our latest Meet The Maker features here

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Brett Diedrich

Brett Diedrich

Prior to creating the Origins Guide Brett was a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group where he worked across Europe and the Middle East. Originally from Australia Brett has lived in the USA, Denmark, Hong Kong and the UAE. These days you'll find Brett in Melbourne and regional Victoria shaping the Origins Guide and meeting hosts of unique homes. Brett enjoys spending time with his partner Johan, visiting friends and family (including his gorgeous niece Charlotte), exploring new destinations, places to stay and of course food.

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