Off-grid living: researching & building the dream

Building our dream home required a heap of research – bushfire prone area, environmental overlay, off-grid with no external services. We want a large, sustainable house without compromising normal living and amenity. We need value for money, but want quality, low maintenance and longevity. We want to be carbon negative.

I’m summarising our research and learnings as we go, to hopefully help others on this journey. There’s a lot more info coming….

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House: fact based stuff on permits, bushfires, how many trees do you need to plant for firewood, how to build a snake proof fence, design for above ground planters…

Offgrid Technical: what I’ve learned about offgrid and its components, from original research through performance once it’s up and running. Corrections welcomed from our electrical experts!

Carbon Neutral Australia: my thoughts on Australia’s need to become energy carbon neutral.

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The builders are back

After nothing for the first half of January. the builders are back and things continue to move forward. The external plumbing has been run (our nice landscaping is a bit of a mess around the house again), the air-conditioning ducts have been cut into the plaster, and the wooden floor has been installed and the…

Cladding install isn’t bushfire compliant

We were really happy with the way the cladding was looking, but as I’ve mentioned before we were a little worried about having colorbond flashings. Turns out that the plumber didn’t think that was a problem, because he WASN’T ADDING any more. The maxline panels clip onto plates that have a removable foam covering on…

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