Our projects and awards have been featured in many printed publications over the years.
Daily Telegraph HOME, "Natural Resources"
"This house sites on a 621sq m site with north-easterly views over the Blue Mountains and Sydney Basin.... All external surfaces are intentionally moderate in colour to decrease heat absorption. All appliances and fixtures in the house are either water- or energy-efficient, and 100% of the roof water is harvested into a 15,000 litre tank for flushing the AAA-rated toilets, or using in the garden or on the car." (refer p 18)
Daily Telegraph HOME, "Magic Blend"
"The brief was for a reasonably priced, split-level home appropriate to the tricky site...They chose local builder Michael Edwards, who's based in Springwood, for his experience with pole homes - essential for sites such as Kim and Andrew's. He proved great to work with and very approachable. Kim says the house has turned out just the way they imagined. "We love it."..." (refer pp 5-6)
Blue Mountains Life, "A Greener Home"
"Careful planning applying the principles of orientation and shading, ventilation, thermal mass, zoning and efficient use of resources won this house acclaim at the recent Master Builders Association's "Excellence in Housing Awards...Michael says the indoor-outdoor room is one of his favourite features, including the internal climate and sound zoning which allows for privacy." (refer pp 50 - 55)
Building green in the Blue Mountains
"New Zealand finger-jointed pine is finding favour with New South Wales’ Michael Edwards Lifestyle Homes. Michael Edwards Lifestyle Homes builds award-winning residences in the spectacular Blue Mountains region of New South Wales. “We’ve been in business for 25 years,” managing director Michael Edwards says. “We’ve got a reputation for personal service, quality workmanship and award-winning results, and that is probably our most valuable asset.” The company’s focus on quality is why Michael and his team choose to use New Zealand finger-jointed pine."
Blue Mountains Gazette, "Green team building success"
"A Blue Mountains based building company has scooped two highly-coveted construction awards at the 2006 Master Builders Association "Excellence in Housing Awards", held at Sydney's Darling Harbour Convention Centre earlier this month... The Housing awards showcase the best in residential building, rewarding quality, workmanship and innovation and attract a broad cross-section of the residential building sector." (refer p 19)
Excellence in Housing, "The Centre of Design"
"Innovative and energy efficient in its design, the new Michael Edwards Lifestyle Homes Design Centre aims to inspire those who are looking to build, renovate or undertake alterations to properties in the Blue Mountains...Some highlights include the use of thermal mass, bulk insulation, the appropriate orientation of the home on the block and the increased level of ventilation through the abundant use of louvre windows... Judges Comments: A quality home where the builder has incorporated both smart design and energy efficiency together. Well done." (refer p 48)
Housing, "Blue Mountains, Green Homes"
"When Michael Edwards decided to build a new Design Centre in the Blue Mountains, NSW, he purposely chose a site that would challenge his desire to create a truly solar passive home. "There's no point in making it easy for yourself when in your day-to-day business you are continually encountering difficulties. By demonstrating how problems can be overcome on an imperfect site, we give our clients a more realistic idea of what is possible and what can be achieved."..." (refer pp 64 - 65)
The Blue Mountains Gazette, "Home of the future"
"This is the house that will help the human race survive for the next 100 years, according to the Minister for the Environment, Bob Debus...."Peaple are becoming more educated and tastes are lifting in their standards", said Michael Edwards..." (refer p 9)
Blue Mountains Life, "Heart of the Mountains"
"The final step taken in 2003 was to engage the award-winning Michael Edwards Lifestyle Homes to design and build an extenion and complete the renovation. The plan included north-facing windows to take advantage of the winter sun and utilize solar passive principles... Original features of the cottage merge seamlessly with the clean lines of the new addition to create a warm home that flows from open, sunny entertaining areas to cosy, private spaces." (refer pp 60 - 64)