pond with water lillies

Going with the flow in rainwater management

While David was thinking about using water storage to create an mini-urban wetland, I was being inspired by the sight of a frog in our backyard.  This was either an ...

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Power tariffs – ask the right questions

Surely, we couldn’t be stuck with a flat rate peak tariff for electricity used while we lived in the old house on the property?  I decided that an investigation into tariffs was ...

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Backyard picnic to review design concepts

Sitting on the patch of ground that is quite likely to be our new living room was an ideal way to discuss options for the green home design.  The three ...

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Starting to move in, sort of.

Our new neighbours must have wondered who was moving in next door when they saw an unusual mix of items being lugged in – air hockey table, lawn mower, boxes, ...

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Back to the dark ages …

“What do you mean they don’t have a range of electricity tariffs for different times of the day? Isn’t that the equivalent of the Dark Ages for electricity supply?”  I ...

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Building in a sense of community

Where did the idea come from? Creating a sense of community in a housing development encourages people to want to live there.  This was a theme that Kevin McCloud talked ...

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making a wish and then blowing on a dandelion

For our new sustainable home, I wish …

What did we think should go into a sustainable home design?  Dreams about building something ‘different’ often seem to start with a wish list of ideas, culled from many and ...

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One for us, two for others

After confirming that the property can fit three homes + gardens, we mapped out a plan for how they will be allocated. Building the first home The first home, located at ...

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home made from natural materials

Influenced by Blue Sky Architecture

Christmas was coming and I desperately needed inspiration for Libby’s gift.  Given that we were embarking on our green home adventure, what could I get her that would be appropriate ...

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Find a suitable property

Getting started on the project meant finding some land.  It was all very well to think about building a home according to the latest sustainable living principles, but nothing could happen ...

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