THE PIONEER – Price on enquiry

Groupie Lot

DESIGNED in-house by the Ecovillage design Team

your choice of builder, materialS and price

The Pioneer is aptly named as it was these intrepid folk who built the first group settlement homes, known as “groupies”, in the Witchcliffe area. Its compact 70sqm floor area makes it a perfect little nest for a single person or couple and also enables it to be used as an ancillary dwelling. We’re also offering plenty of flexibility and choice when it comes to building materials and pricing. 

The Pioneer has been specifically designed to fit a Groupie lot and does so with simplicity and finesse. However, at 70sqm total area, the Pioneer also doubles as the perfect ancillary dwelling, as it meets the maximum allowable footprint under AMR Shire planning regulations. All lots that are a minimum of 450sqm (most Cottage and all Family lots) are zoned to allow ancillary dwellings.

As the minimum roof catchment area for the 2-bedroom Pioneer is 150sqm and the base plan only provides 138sqm of roof area, an additional 12sqm of roof catchment must be provided to meet our water provision requirements. 

There are several options for achieving this including nominating a gutter system on one of your rainwater tanks (quite cost effective) or constructing a solar pergola (with clear sheeting) over the north facing patio that is plumbed into your rainwater catchment system.

Designed in-house by the Ecovillage Design Team, we are offering three structural and pricing options for this home with the builder of your choice.

The Pioneer - Groupie 70 - Ecovillage 5

2 bed

The Pioneer - Groupie 70 - Ecovillage 6

1 bath

Download Floor Plan

The Pioneer - Groupie 70 - Ecovillage 8


Key Features

  • Three choices of structural materials:
    1. Three cladding options:
      • Vulcan Hector FSC Mix Fine Bandsawn weatherboards 
      • Locally sourced oiled Plantation Eucalyptus Saligna (Sydney Blue Gum) weatherboards
      • Painted James Hardie 180mm Linea FC weatherboards
    1. Hempcrete 
    2. Passive house 
  • Zincalume roofing
  • uPVC double glazed windows
  • Burnished concrete floors and tiled bathrooms / laundry

(Refer to Specifications Schedule for more detail.)

Sustainability Features

  • Passive solar design
  • Well insulated, thermally efficient home
  • Low embodied energy materials (carbon negative)
  • Energy efficient heat pump hot water system
  • Plumbed ready for greywater system
  • Minimum 6.6kW solar PV system (not included)
  • Rainwater tanks and pump (not included)

(Refer to Inclusions / Exclusions List for more detail.)

Pre-designed Home and Land Pricing

An Ecovillage Pre-designed Home and lot consist of two wholly separate contracts: 

  1. Buyers must purchase and settle on an Ecovillage lot first from the developer, Sustainable Settlements. If you need finance, you’ll need to apply for a separate loan from a financial institution for the land. 
  2. Buyers then enter into a separate financial agreement and building contract with their chosen builder. Sustainable Settlements (the Witchcliffe Ecovillage) is not involved in this process. So regardless of whether you opt for a bespoke design and build or you choose a house design from our range of Pre-designed Homes, you will need to work directly with your builder and your financial institution during the home building process.

Documentation and Certifications

NatHERS (Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme) is a star rating system (out of 10) that rates the thermal efficiency of the home’s design. In other words, how well the house can stay at a comfortable temperature throughout the year without artificial heating or cooling.  Every Ecovillage home must achieve a minimum of 7 stars. Read more on our Sustainability Assessments page.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an excellent method for measuring the environmental impact of a building by assessing “every single impact aspect of a product or process over its entire life span. We require every Ecovillage home to undertake an LCA. Read more about Sustainability Assessments here.

This Schedule of Finishes for ‘The Pioneer’ was provided by Tallwood Custom Built Homes and is current as at April 2021. Please contact Alex Campbell at Tallwood for any further queries.

Download Specification schedule

Please download this Inclusions and Exclusions List to understand what the builders have assumed within their build price.

download inclusions / exclusions list

We have required all our builders to undertake an independent financial health check using and to make this available to any prospective clients on request.