The environmental impact of all materials in the Nook were mindfully considered before being selected for use in the construction. Reclaimed materials from other buildings have been salvaged and utilised wherever possible. This includes 130 year old bricks from a nearby bakery, ironbark from the gates of an old pig farm, blackbutt beams from the driving surface of an old bridge, hardwood floorboards from an old high school basketball court, Tasmanian Oak from an Otway shearing shed and the roof of a Melbourne warehouse. Each of these materials has a unique story of its own; we’re proud to give them a new life, just as they’ve given the Nook.
A tiny house has no room for wasted space. With this in mind, every millimetre of the Nook has been thoughtfully designed. Almost every item in the house has been handcrafted and hand placed. From the strong blackbutt trusses, to the elegant messmate bedhead, right down to intelligent, space-saving storage. Quality and craft have been placed above all else, making for a slower but more satisfying journey.
The Nook aims to leave a minimal mark on its environment, and to eventually give back more than it has taken. During construction, all electrical energy was either carbon neutral, completely green or generated onsite using the Nook’s own Photovoltaic solar array. All water requirements are fulfilled using a purpose drilled bore, with all water being sourced from the hill the Nook sits atop. Detailed and well-calculated cutting lists ensured that just the right amount of materials were allocated to the project, heavily reducing waste. The small amount that was left over was either repurposed in other projects or dropped off to a local recycling station.
The Nook is designed to encourage relaxation and reflection. It aims to connect you with nature and provide a respite from our fast-paced lives.
The Nook is nestled on a two acre bush block at the foot of the world renowned Gariwerd National Park. Also known as “The Grampians” Gariwerd means 'Mountain range created by Bunjil' in the language of its traditional owners the Djab Wurrung and Jadawadjali people.
Gariwerd holds spiritual significance for Indigenous peoples because of the dreaming stories and plentiful resources provided by the landscape. This significance is reflected in the fact that Gariwerd contains 90% of Victoria’s known Indigenous rock art sites.
Today, countless walking trails and hikes snake through Gariwerd allowing you to feel that same connection to the landscape. Halls Gap is considered the gateway to Gariwerd National Park and is a short 10 minute drive from the Nook.