It makes plenty of sense to move away from conventional home design and embrace greener homes that make for not just a better tomorrow but also one where your own lifestyle is much healthier and cheerful. Living close to nature and off-grid might feel like a difficult task in the beginning for those used to urban life in concrete jungles. But it is surely a lot more relaxing and rewarding as you get accustomed to a sustainable lifestyle. The Courtyard House for FABPREFAB designed by CHROFI offers such an opportunity as it brings modernity to vernacular Aussie residence even while offering an adaptable living solution.
On the outside it is wood that makes a statement and the inside you find a neutral color scheme that is only disturbed by bluish-gray accents in the living room and the kitchen. Sliding glass doors and modular screens help the homeowners shift between semi-closed courtyards and completely open spaces depending on the time of the day and the necessity. The building itself is narrow and is completely off-grid with a design that lets it sit slightly above the ground. This keeps the carbon footprint of the home down to a minimum and you have a house that is both economic and eco-friendly.
Living off-grid brings with it a certain sense of freedom and that is perfectly encapsulated by this small and functional cabin. A beautiful escape that also serves as a second home when needed! [Photography: Clinton Weaver]