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11 d11 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Narrow block worthwhile?

They do say the 3 most important things to consider are location, location, location. But for me, that doesn't just mean the suburb, & the street, it actually means the…

13 d13 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Build a home with hebel and steel frame yes or now

Hebel, yes, better thermal properties than brick.
Steel frame no. Timber does the job, as long as termite protect is adequate. It's MUCH more sustainable (as long as it's sustainably sourced),…

13 d13 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Narrow block worthwhile?

What is the block's orientation Philsta?
For me, a home's orientation is EXTREMELY important. Getting northern sunlight into your living areas in winter, keeping the sun out in summer. Get this…

14 d14 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Double glazing worth the $$ in Perth?

I'd agree that at the price we pay for double glazing (far higher than overseas I believe), it doesn't usually make financial sense. That money could be better utilised first…

19 d19 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Rural Heating & Cooling - Electrical Vs. LPG

As advised by SaveH2O, a hot water relay is a good idea. I haven't looked into them in about 12 months, but last I looked the stand alone ones (like…

19 d19 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Rural Heating & Cooling - Electrical Vs. LPG

As arcadelt has insinuated, much of your general heating should be done by the sun (as it's free), & powerful.
What we're talking about here is "passive solar design". Orientating your…

1 month1 monthddarrochddarroch posted:
Granny Flat

I haven't looked into it for a few years OP, so things might have changed. But as long as the granny flat meets certain requirements, then you only need "complying…

1 month1 monthddarrochddarroch posted:
Heat pump hydronics

Wrote a big post, lost it when the website refreshed, which happens often. Hate this site on mobile, so visit it less frequently...... End rant!
Edit: grrr, even my edits get…

1 month1 monthddarrochddarroch posted:
Heat pump hydronics

Wrote a big post, lost it when the website refreshed, which happens often. Hate this site on mobile, so visit it less frequently...... End rant!
So a brief recap. I'm no…

1 month1 monthddarrochddarroch posted:
Double glazing worth the $$ in Perth?

It's not just the glass though, Australian houses leak like sieves, & are poorly insulated. Double brick seems about the most stupid way to build, & it's all over WA.
Especially…

2 months2 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Design and Orientation (Pic attached) - any advice welcome!

Along with being dark, if your home isn't orientated correctly it will also be cold. A correctly orientated home will receive abundant northern sunshine through its windows in winter. A…

2 months2 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Double glazing worth the $$ in Perth?

It would be great if everybody could have double glazing, but everything comes at a cost, & the cost of double glazing is certainly significant.
I'm not expert, but in Perth's…

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2 months2 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Decisions, Decisions.

Minor bedrooms are all NW facing, ouch! I certainly wouldn't be putting bedrooms here, as they'll get very hot on summer evenings. I'd be leaving the minor bedrooms out the…

2 months2 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Decisions, Decisions.

Where's the main entrance into the home? Hopefully from the living areas, not the end of the bedroom hallway. You'll also have to find out where you can locate your…

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Floor Layout help

Iā€™d definitely get rid of that second window at top of bedroom 1
Agree. OP, a NW window in the master is a bad idea. It's difficult to shade, at the…

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Feedback on floor plan

Looks like the place is orientated pretty well to me. Once the block deviates from north around 45Ā° things get a bit difficult. As true north is a great orientation,…

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Help with Floor Plan

What is the orientation of the block OP?
The orientation of your home will play a huge part in the comfort of you home, & in the cost incurred for heating/cooling…

4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Decisions, Decisions.

But don't forget about "embodied energy". It's not just about the energy it takes to operate a home, but also the energy it takes to manufacture & transport a home's…

4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Decisions, Decisions.

Generally, as has been mentioned, for a corner block the setbacks on the street frontages are the largest (probably around 4-6m), while the other two setbacks are much smaller (around…

4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Decisions, Decisions.

To ben888 & the OP, there's more to consider than cost to your wallet when you're talking about house size. The initial & ongoing cost to the environment is great.…

4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Decisions, Decisions.

In that case, I'd make the best of your block's orientation. Putting the bedrooms in the towards the rear, facing SE. Leave the NW for your living areas, as it's…

4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Decisions, Decisions.

Hi Bobo5050,
I'm a bit late to the party here, but will try to offer some advice anyway. When you say you haven't signed anything yet, are you talking about the…

4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
west facing windows in Perth and the heat

Great post by arcadelt, agree with everything they've said.
OP, good to see you've been looking through the Your Home website. It's extremely useful.
I'd recommend that you continue looking for the…

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5 months5 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Orientation of lot

Hahaha šŸ˜‚ Sad, but true.

5 months5 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Orientation of lot

OP, I congratulate you for considering orientation at this early stage. Most people don't consider it at all, or consider it once they've already purchased a block, which may make…

5 months5 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
evaporative cooling

Refrigerated AC is also much more costly to operate for cooling (though reverse cycle AC is now the cheapest form of heating).
Evaporative cooling is cheaper to run (uses a fair…

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9 months9 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Slab Insulation - Edge vs Under slab

I'd expect that in SE QLD you'd be a good candidate for a ground coupled slab. As the ground will be cooler in summer than the air temperature, & warmer…

10 months10 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Hot water systems? Is LPG an affordable option?

Yeah, I had heard there was legislation coming in banning electric HWS's. I think I'd also read some discussions about exempting HWS's connected to solar PV from this ban.
Though I'm…

10 months10 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Hot water systems? Is LPG an affordable option?

Agree with other posters. Gas is becoming an expensive way to heat water, & it's not an environmentally friendly option. LPG is the most expensive option of all!
Heat pumps are…

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