New kitchen using recycled materials in an innovative way

Funky recycled kitchen arrives

Our amazing funky recycled kitchen was installed by David and his crew while we were out of the house, looking around the HIA Melbourne Home Show. Kitchen before the revamp ...

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Temporary accommodation for the green build

Getting ready to move into temporary accommodation

By this time next week, we’ll have moved into our temporary accommodation.  We are going to live in the existing house while the first of the three green homes is ...

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Indigenous landscape in Melbourne's eastern suburbs

Indigenous gardens – back to basics

A free talk about indigenous gardens given by local experts was a treat too good to resist.  Once again, the City of Whitehorse Sustainable Living Week had delivered a timely service for ...

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House and landscaping design in parallel

Sustainable home and garden design is a win-win

Phillip Johnson must be the Energizer Bunny of sustainable landscape designers.  We were at a City of Whitehorse Sustainable Living Week presentation about sustainable home and garden design.  Phillip had launched into a talk about his landscaping ...

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Solar panel to battery to light to enable offgrid

Going all out for an off-grid home in the ‘burbs

Nothing beats a challenging issue for encouraging creative solutions.  Aiming to live in an off-grid home with regards to electricity is a stretch goal that we set because anything else seems so ...

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Picture this – ideas taking shape

Meetings with David are always exciting and informative.  This was no exception.   After brain storming a variety of floor plans, David had a concept that he felt was ready to ...

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renovated house with garden

One step closer with a successful auction

“Sold!” yelled the auctioneer and that closed the chapter on 14 years in this house. It all seemed so logical that we should sell this house as soon as we could. ...

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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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