Live at the Cape

Live at the Cape

Taking the opportunity to visit the Cape sustainable development at Cape Paterson highlighted we were aiming to meet similar objectives - good looking homes that were designed according to sustainability principles, along with a desire to encourage a sense of community amongst the future residents.

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Ash tree removal starting point

Tree removal

After much discussion, we decided to remove the mature Ash from the north eastern corner of our property. It was infested with ivy and would cast long shadows over the third unit during winter. Removing a tree this size was quite an event. Later this year, several native canopy trees will be planted as replacements.

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Stack of recycled timber showing a variety of colours

Recycled floorboards delivery

The recycled timber delivery was an important event. Getting ready for the delivery meant clearing out the garage, creating another parking spot for the Golf and organising appropriate storage materials. After the timber was craned off the truck, it was all hands to the wheel so each plank could be safely stacked inside the garage.

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Lignagroup are the manufactures of LIGNASTONE

LIGNASTONE

Excursion to Lignagroup to find out more about how LIGNASTONE is made and how it can be used in our home design to reduce heating and cooling costs.

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War on weeds starts here

Weed war

The weed war began with a nudge from serendipity.  I had been thinking about attacking the weeds that were gradually taking over the bare patch near the back fence.  However, a series of fortunate events ...

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Poster for COP21 in Paris

Paris COP21 and our plans

How does Paris COP21 and our plans fit together? Do our designs stack up with the ideals and intentions announced at the conference? We were interested to compare our plans with what the international community had agreed.

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solar power

Solar power and batteries

Using the ATA Sunulator to decide on the optimum sizing of solar power cells and batteries for our home.

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Make a plan for our house development

Make a plan

With a positive response from Council, it's time to create a plan showing the major activities and when we would like to have those activities completed.

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Indigenous garden ideas

Latest news on discussions with Council. Wheels are turning in the background with regards to the clarifying the link between our planning permit and Engineering’s idea to run a third easement ...

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Practically Green Festival

With the sun shining on a warm Spring morning, it was the perfect time to drive up to the Nillumbik Shire Practically Green Festival.  We wanted to spend a bit of ...

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