Floors and walls in second home

Finishing the walls and floors in our second home made a significant difference to the internal appearance. Polishing the reclaimed floorboards and concrete slab brought out the character of both surfaces. Plastering the walls highlighted the distinctive shapes and angles in the rooms.

Finished concrete slab for Unit 2

Pouring Unit 2 slab

As soon as the team finished Unit 1 in late 2018, work started on the site for Unit 2. A lot of time and effort went into the groundwork for a stiffened raft slab. During one busy day, the concrete was poured and the slab finished.

Exposed slab edge on concrete foundation

Insulating concrete slab edge

Insulating the concrete slab edge reduces the heat lost from the thermal mass during winter. There are a variety of ways to install the insulation along with the termite barrier. After considering the likely cost/benefit, our design uses a garden bed to cover exposed concrete edges.

Finished concrete slab

Concrete slab poured

To me, pouring a concrete slab sounds like a simple thing to do.  I think of a sunny afternoon with workers in gumboots spreading concrete.  It seems straightforward if a ...

Sustainable design made easy with ATA

Sustainable design made simple

It’s always a pleasure to open the mail box and find the postie has delivered the latest edition of Sanctuary magazine.  The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) uses this publication as ...

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.