1 Thorngreen Road is situated in the scenic Perthshire countryside and is only a mere eight miles from Perth city centre. However, it isn't just the prime location or beautiful design that is attracting potential buyers to this unusual property, it is also that this luxurious home is environmentally friendly and allows the owner to be almost self-sufficient on their energy needs.
The property was completed in 2006 with a number of eco-elements including a wind turbine, photovoltaic cells and solar panels, together with a borehole fed ground source heat pump system to the underground heating system. Scandinavian double glazing has also been installed, together with a high specification of insulation throughout and a combination of LED and low energy light bulbs.
The striking aesthetics of this architect designed house have in no way been compromised by its eco-elements. The house features a distinctive curved glazed and rendered white washed east wall with attractive red brick detailing and crow steps gable. The reception hall is light and bright with double doors leading to the open plan sitting room, kitchen and dining room, which is very much the heart of the house and a wonderful socially orientated living space.
The garden room, with its high ceiling and triple aspect, is a quiet and peaceful reception room. Originally the garden room included a swimming pool (which is still in situ beneath the floor and could be re-instated) and the room still benefits from a sauna and wet room.
The master bedroom, with its own wet room, is situated on the ground floor, and there are a further three bedrooms and a family shower room on the first floor. The sale also includes an annex wing, reached by an external staircase, with an open plan kitchen, sitting room and a bedroom with shower room.
The proud owner of 1 Thorngreen Road, Michiel Zwetsloot said:
"Right from the outset, at design stage, energy efficiency was an important consideration. All living areas are south facing with a lot of glass in order to capture solar gain. The bedrooms and utility areas are on the opposite sides.
"Although there is mains gas in the village, we decided to go all electric, as this can be generated on site. This year to date the 4kW PV Solar panels and the 11 kW wind turbine between them have generated 87% of our electricity usage. We have also installed solar water heating panels which assist in water heating.
"From an Eco point of view, we are almost self-sufficient in our energy needs; which is reflected in the excellent B rating on the Energy Performance Certificate. From a financial point of view, this year to date, we are in credit by more than 3k. This is because of the 'Feed in Tariff' payments received for the generation by the wind turbine. These payments are exempt of Tax and guaranteed for another 20 years.
"It gives us great satisfaction, knowing that on the one hand we are living in a beautiful eco-friendly house, doing our bit for the environment, and on the other hand knowing that for the next 20 years we have no net energy bills, and better still; a guaranteed income!"
Emma Chalmers, handling the sale for CKD Galbraith, added:
"This is a very special eco house which enjoys an exceptional position on the edge of a pretty village with open views over the countryside and is finished to a very high standard.
"Perthshire is renowned for its diverse wealth of recreational activities such as golf, skiing, hill walking, fishing and shooting; whilst Perth has all the facilities you could expect from a busy city. Dundee is approximately 17 miles to the east with an airport that has regular flights to London and the South and will soon be home to the new V & A Museum."
1 Thorngreen Road is available for offers over 635,000. For further information or to arrange a viewing please contact CKD Galbraith's Perth office on tel: 01738 451111.