Finished concrete slab

Concrete slab poured

To me, pouring a concrete slab sounds like a simple thing to do.  I think of a sunny afternoon with workers in gumboots spreading concrete.  It seems straightforward if a ...

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Garden shed showcases the building style of the project

Starting with the garden shed

After Planning Permit approval, David was eager to get out of the office and move away from the paperwork.  Constructing something at the site would be a great way to ...

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Using an off-grid system for a solar powered worksite

Solar powered worksite

There is something fascinating about construction sites.  People walking along the footpath stop and watch what our builders are doing.  Perhaps the sound of power tools catches their attention and ...

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New sustainable home rating method

Not everyone interested in sustainable home design has the opportunity to start from scratch with a blank sheet of paper like we did.  I’m sure many people steadily upgrade their ...

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Hitting the target NatHERS Star rating range

Target for NatHERS Star rating

Achieving a NatHERS Star rating of 8.2 Stars means our home will be comfortable to live in without the need for excessive amounts of energy for heating and cooling. Studies of similar designs show the additional cost to install the necessary sustainability features are financially justified.

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Dismantling underway

Dismantling finished

We decided to dismantle the old house to recover the large amount of timber that could be re-used in the new homes. It was a big job but David finished in time for the Council to complete most of their drainage upgrade project before Christmas holidays.

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Liveability and the 17 features which contribute to sustainable design

Liveability Real Estate is something new

The Centre for Liveability Real Estate wants to promote better house design by translating sustainable design principles into an easily understood list of liveability features which appeal to potential buyers.

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Reviewing the cost estimate to decide if sustainable features need to be trimmed

Cost estimate versus design features

After spending so long developing a design based on many sustainability features, receiving the cost estimate focused our attention on the project budget. Some trimming was needed to produce an affordable design that didn't sacrifice the original aim of building a state of the art green home.

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Selecting an exterior colour

Choosing an exterior colour scheme

Trying to choose the right exterior colour can be daunting when all you have is colour charts and a drawing. However, expert assistance is available for anyone who isn't confident with this important decision.

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Tiny house inspirations for effective use of space

Tiny house uses space effectively

When downsizing, it's worth dipping into the Tiny House philosophy for ideas on how to live with less - less space in a home which means thinking about less things to put into the dwelling.

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