The Range is a sanctuary for guests designed with a respect for nature. Tom and Emma Lane are committed to giving back to the environment. The Range has been consciously designed to ensure it sits quietly in the landscape, using natural material and considering the native surrounds in every element of its creation.
Tom and Emma Lane have three properties in their portfolio; The Farm Byron Bay, The Beach House East Coast and The Range Byron Bay.
The Lanes have strong family values and a commitment to giving back to the environment. All three of their properties have sustainability at the core of their philosophy and foundations. Please visit www.thefarm.com and www.beachhouseeastcoast.com to learn more about how these projects work with the community to give back to our planet.
Located at the entry to Byron Bay, The Farm is a working farm with a paddock to plate philosophy.
The Range has been built with sustainability and the environment at its heart. The renovation and the build of this property has made a number of sustainable achievements with a commitment to continuous growth and sustainability.
The main farmhouse is predominantly off the grid / self-sufficient. We capture our own rainwater and have capacity to hold 220,000 litres in our water tanks. We irrigate the garden using a pump from our spring fed dam. The Range is a solar passive design meaning that cooling and heating the house is mainly done by the sun and the wind. We allow nature to do most of the work for us. The sun throughout the day heats the north-facing slab in winter. For the cooler times, an open fire heats the house with firewood for this and the outside fireplace run from all the fallen timbers foraged from the property. Large eaves and openings provide summer shade and allow for cross ventilation and cooling in the summer.
We generate our own electricity through solar panels and store the power in a large battery bank. The battery kicks in and will then run the house during overcast weather, at night or when there is a power cut. If there is a power out the house will kick into conserve mode and just run the essential services, fridge, water and essential lighting.
We thought about knocking the house down at one point and building from scratch, but changed our minds for two reasons. Firstly, in the process of demolition we saw that the house had really good bones and structures and secondly and importantly realised that the slab and other parts of the house would have to be buried in the ground to dispose of it, we felt this was a waste of resources. We decided it was better for the environment to use and build around what we had and recycle where we could.
We used recycled materials in many areas throughout the house. For our floor tiles, our good friend Sonya who is an antique tiles specialist (Jatana interiors) sourced 300 year old terracotta tiles from an old demolished Casa in Croatia.
We have recycled Australian hardwood bathroom vanities throughout, made by our mate Berni from Berni and Co. Our builder also reused timber frames from the previous old house and repurposed into shelves, and utilised as much of the old house where possible. This gives The Range the feeling that it has history and stories to tell. The timber ceiling is made from big old beams from a bridge in Goulbourn in southern NSW. There is minimal use of paint choosing to use cement render instead on many of the surfaces.
All the rock walls around The Range are built by another friend of ours Marty the stonemason from SolidStone. Marty and his team foraged in our old rainforests to find rocks that had been moved there many years ago when the land had been cleared. These rocks are basalt and are approximately 45 million years old from the Tweed Valcono. These rocks have been used to build our inside and outside fire places and various feature and retaining walls. I love that these rocks walls really belong to this land and I feel gives the place a strong sense of self if a place can have such a thing!
We started last year our commitment to regenerating our property by planting 50,000 native trees. We have 5 rainforests that will blossom with a little regen love. This will happen gradually over the next 10 years.
Building a home is not just about bricks and mortar - it’s about creating a feeling and an environment which sits comfortably into the landscape. The process of creating The Range is a journey of discovery as each stage unfolds from the initial idea, to the design and the evolution of living there. The actual homestead is just one aspect of The Range, the 120 acres it sits on is another story in itself. We are gently working with the land to honour its past as well as sculpt it for the future, a future that is mindful of regeneration and the delicate ecosystem that supports nature to continue to deliver its magic. We are committed to supporting the environment the best way we can and although not perfect we hope that each step we take leads us to works towards a better future.
Plant 50,000 trees over the next 10 years
To regenerate our 5 remanent rainforests
To create walking tracks through out the property in order to enjoy nature
To be as energy efficient as possible utilising a solar passive design
To be as close to organic as possible in our farming practises
To upcycle, recycle and repurpose as much natural resources as possible on the property