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20 d20 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Floor Layout help

I’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…

23 d23 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Feedback on floor plan

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

23 d23 dddarrochddarroch 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…

2 months2 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…

2 months2 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…

2 months2 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.…

2 months2 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…

2 months2 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…

2 months2 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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3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Orientation of lot

Hahaha 😂 Sad, but true.

3 months3 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…

3 months3 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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7 months7 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…

8 months8 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…

8 months8 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…

8 months8 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Custom House Plan - Suggestions

Which way is north?
Orientation should be the #1 priority, when designing a new home. Getting the orientation right, with north facing living areas, will increase the comfort of the home…

8 months8 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
New Home Build - Acreage Layout

Can't see it on the plans, so which way is north?
A home's orientation plays a huge part in making a house comfortable, & lowering energy bills. A north facing living…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Solar

Whirlpool's Green Tech forum is a good place to ask this question. Lots of very knowledgeable people there who are happy to help.
https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum/143
So get 3 quotes…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Neighbour “reno” knocked down - now a Newbuild?

Fück this mobile website sucks! Not for the first time the auto refresh had wiped my long-winded post.
So I'll just say, that I've seen quite a few similar builds here.…

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1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Dream House Cost?

So you want an energy efficient house, how about a sustainable house? A house that size won't be sustainable. Google "embodied energy". There will be a lot of energy used…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
In built wood fireplace

Don't quote me on it, but I've heard it's a bad idea to locate a TV above the fire. As the heat can damage the TV.

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1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Solar system

You'll probably get better advice concerning solar over at Whirlpool's Green Tech Forum,
https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum/143
I think you get better bang for your buck with solar PV, than you…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
What is the best heating systems?

+1000! Nice one arcadelt. Free & easy too.

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Evaporative cooling vs Split system

Great strides have been made in heat pump technology (of which reverse cycle air conditioning is a type) over recent years. Many highly energy efficient (Passive Haus) houses in North…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Evaporative cooling vs Split system

I certainly wouldn't be installing gas heating. It's become more expensive to run than reverse cycle air conditioning, with costs only expected to climb higher. Unlike reverse cycle air con,…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
What is the best heating systems?

Good point alexp79. Plus there's trench heaters, kinda like underfloor radiators.

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
What is the best heating systems?

Depends what you mean by 'best'. The best in terms of comfort. The best in terms of energy efficiency. The best in terms of value for money.
Yes, a well designed…

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1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Underfloor heating. Advice, comments, experience etc

Hi OP, I was curious what sort of underfloor heating you'd be quoted for, as you have an interesting mix of requests, with radiators, & underfloor in the bathrooms &…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Starting new build from scratch. Mernda Sloping land

Hi its.just.sharon,
What direction does the block face? You're lucky, & have a nice wide frontage. This should mean that you should be able to build a week orientated house that…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Too many windows?

Personally, I do think it does look overglazed. But even worse is the fact that these windows face S & W. The two worst aspects for windows. Western windows are…

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