Cladding evolution resulted in reclaimed steel roofing used on north wall

Cladding evolution

Building the three homes sequentially gave us the opportunity to make improvements as we went. The cladding evolution is a good example of that process.

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Steel cladding contrasts well with timber door and window frames

Cladding materials for number 2

Experience gained from building our first home helped to make some modifications to the cladding specifications for the second one. For example, we replaced Shadowclad with more Klip Lok steel cladding.

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Finished landscaping of Unit 1 front garden

Landscaping makes a difference

After the hot weather and other project priorities conspiring against us, it was a pleasure to finally start on landscaping the front garden of Unit 1. There are three main elements to the garden - crazy paving slate steps, a found object sculpture within a ring of railway sleepers and an indigenous bushland theme.

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Recycled timber cladding blends into Shadowclad

Cladding choices on display

Using a reverse brick veneer design opens up a world of choices in cladding materials.  As Your Home points out, cladding is an important part of a home’s aesthetic appeal, ...

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Window frame preparation underway

Preparing window frames

After Aspect Windows delivered the windows and door frames, we swung into action with preparing them for installation. Preparation included filling nail holes, sanding the timber and applying two coats of Organoil.

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Liveability and the 17 features which contribute to sustainable design

Liveability Real Estate is something new

The Centre for Liveability Real Estate wants to promote better house design by translating sustainable design principles into an easily understood list of liveability features which appeal to potential buyers.

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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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