Cladding defines the home's exterior

Cladding choices

Selecting suitable claddings for the finished homes is an important step. We will be using a combination of four materials chosen for their looks and sustainability.

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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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Swamp Gum located at the rear of the property

Looking after the mature trees

An important part of our landscaping plan is looking after the mature trees on the block.  We want to work with the trees, rather than develop a design which ignores ...

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Home show display booths

Sustainable design tips from the Melbourne Home Show

The recent Melbourne Home Show was an ideal opportunity to find out what builders and suppliers are offering in terms of sustainable design tips.  Libby and I planned a mix of ...

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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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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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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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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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