Heating the home with air conditioning

Goldilocks heating method

The more we investigated heating options, the more the experience reminded me of Goldilocks choosing a bowl of porridge.  Which method might be too hot? Which might be too cold?  Which ...

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Landscaping about to start near the back fence

Landscaping begins

Since the land near the back fence won't be disturbed too much during the house construction, we took the opportunity to start on the landscaping of this area. Putting in a variety of trees & shrubs gives them a head start on the rest of the garden.

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Using sustainability assessment tools to rate house performance

Sustainability assessment

As the planning permit documentation comes together, our thoughts turned to how best to share the sustainable design features with the Council personnel who will review the paperwork.  Not really ...

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Livable Housing Design guidelines

Livable housing design

Designing a sustainable home isn’t limited to ideas like passive heating from the sun, water conservation and reduced  energy use.  Being sustainable also means a dwelling that ages gracefully.  A home ...

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Home show 2016

Visiting the Melbourne Home Show is another way to gather ideas and opinions about what sustainability features we should include in our design.

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Using sustainable builders to build better houses

Other sustainable builders

Listening to other sustainable builders talk about their designs confirmed our belief that we are on the right track with our plans. These builders are using similar design principles. Like our team, everyone involved speaks passionately about what they are aiming to achieve with a new style of housing.

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Furze Hakea

Indigenous landscaping plans

With the layout of the homes on the block nearing completion, we can turn our attention to the garden. The objective is to create an informal garden based on indigenous plants. Using indigenous plants benefits native animals as well as providing a low maintenance garden for the residents.

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Schedule for our project

Schedule becoming clearer

A letter from the Council has arrived. It sheds light on how we can move forward with our housing development in concert with the drainage works that Council would like to do on our block.

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Floor plans nearly finalised

Floor plans almost finalised

“My brain is fried,” announced David after we’d finished several hours of discussion about the floor plans of the three homes. Floor plans almost finalised. Our latest meeting was an ...

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Discussion with Engineering

Discussion with Engineering

A meeting with Council Engineering was another positive experience. They are enthusiastic about going ahead with the modified storm drainage project based on a third easement on our property. If we formally agree to this arrangement, it is possible the work could be completed within a 6 month time frame.

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