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An Australian Architect's Simple Brick House With Impressive Green Roof

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With a simple brick house on a tiny lot, an Australian architect shows that style needn't be fussy or expensive.
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  Emilio Fuscaldo sits in the garden outside the brick house that he designed for himself and his partner, Anna Krien, on a small subdivided lot in Coburg, a suburb north of Melbourne, Australia. Photo by Nic Granleese.

    Emilio Fuscaldo sits in the garden outside the brick house that he designed for himself and his partner, Anna Krien, on a small subdivided lot in Coburg, a suburb north of Melbourne, Australia. Photo by Nic Granleese.

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  Fuscaldo describes the 860-square-foot, single-story house as a "beach shack in the suburbs." Photo by Nic Granleese.

    Fuscaldo describes the 860-square-foot, single-story house as a "beach shack in the suburbs." Photo by Nic Granleese.

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  Fuscaldo and Krien found an old workbench and used the wood to create the counter around the kitchen sink. Photo by Nic Granleese.

    Fuscaldo and Krien found an old workbench and used the wood to create the counter around the kitchen sink. Photo by Nic Granleese.

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  Salvaged bricks were used inside and outside the house. Krien describes the lone bathroom as "half nightclub, half swimming pool change room," and says it is her favorite space in the house. Photo by Nic Granleese.

    Salvaged bricks were used inside and outside the house. Krien describes the lone bathroom as "half nightclub, half swimming pool change room," and says it is her favorite space in the house. Photo by Nic Granleese.

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  An interior shot of the house. Photo by Nic Granleese.

    An interior shot of the house. Photo by Nic Granleese.

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  Most of the furniture in the house was purchased secondhand, or salvaged from the side of the road. Photo by Nic Granleese.

    Most of the furniture in the house was purchased secondhand, or salvaged from the side of the road. Photo by Nic Granleese.

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  This is the first house in Victoria whose structural timber is entirely Forestry Stewardship Council-certified. Fuscaldo sourced the wood himself, visiting hardware outlets around Melbourne, telling the builder where to get the best materials, and double-checking the integrity of the timber when it showed up. Photo by Nic Granleese.

    This is the first house in Victoria whose structural timber is entirely Forestry Stewardship Council-certified. Fuscaldo sourced the wood himself, visiting hardware outlets around Melbourne, telling the builder where to get the best materials, and double-checking the integrity of the timber when it showed up. Photo by Nic Granleese.

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  At over 500 square feet, the house’s green roof may be its most powerful—and most expensive—environmental statement. It cost $8,000 to waterproof, and $7,000 to landscape. Water from the roof feeds the toilet and the garden’s watering system, and the garden itself insulates the house and keeps gas bills low in winter. Photo by Nic Granleese.

    At over 500 square feet, the house’s green roof may be its most powerful—and most expensive—environmental statement. It cost $8,000 to waterproof, and $7,000 to landscape. Water from the roof feeds the toilet and the garden’s watering system, and the garden itself insulates the house and keeps gas bills low in winter. Photo by Nic Granleese.

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