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14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Concrete Walls ?

We used besser bricks (cavity bricks) with foil board in between. So far, so good. Average temp inside on hot summer days has been around 22 to 24. Got up…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Cool Room instead of Pantry/Fridge

Can't see why not Helyn. As long as they're biodegradable organic, it's fine. (Mental note: tell this to the nieces).

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Cool Room instead of Pantry/Fridge

Thanks for the tip. I was wondering about that but there's nothing in the instructions to say we can't put them in.
Here's the site if you're interested. And the can…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Cool Room instead of Pantry/Fridge

Thanks Steve. It's pretty exciting to see it all come together the way we imagined. Six yrs since we bought the block so it's been a while.
And yes -…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Cool Room instead of Pantry/Fridge

I'm Helen, not Helyn, Steve.
You might be interested. We've almost finished building our house in the bush, and it is mostly 22 degrees inside. No air-con, solar powered. During…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Cool Room instead of Pantry/Fridge

There are other ways of cooling down a pantry without using energy. I've seen one where they had a pipe from the floor to the outside and another vent at…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Met9icon building - canal

Some people have more time. Some have more money. Some can visualise a house more easily than others. We had our own (simple) plan drawn up by a draftsman and…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Practical Eco Friendly / Sustainable Options

Thanks Chris. I've emailed the company for more information on the eco ventilation. I just gave our plumber some info on the e-vent but this eco ventilator looks good.
Cheers,
Helen

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Practical Eco Friendly / Sustainable Options

Kezza - I just looked up the E-vents and they look very interesting.
Probably a stupid question but I don't quite understand the science of it all - would they…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Climbing a Tall Mountain

It one hell of a ride - the OB experience. We're nearly at lock-up and it now seems all worth it. The decision process is exhausting and at times we…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
How to fill out Warranty Cards

Maybe Consumer Affairs might be able to help you with this one Tam. You want to make sure you can claim on any warranty if something breaks down.

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
How to fill out Warranty Cards

I've always understood warranty cards to be unnecessary and are just used by the manufacturer to get your details for their databases. As Rodda says, what matters is the…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
LCD vs Plasma vs Data-projection

Ah Grasshopper (DDQ) you have finally learnt the basics of this forum. Your position is to put questions to the great masters and accept their all knowing answers with respect.…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Heating duct to bathroom & ensuite

We've just bought a heat shifter to, well, shift heat from our lounge to our bedroom. We haven't got ducted heating but in a way, with the heat shifter, we…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Electricity connection Tasmania

We had to get an approximate price for electricity connection for our block as it was all part of the solar rebate process. We hadn't started building and we definitely…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Red Gum Kitchens

You can get recycled red gum benches from this place: http://www.nullarbortimber.com.au/produ ... _tops.html

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Beautiful splashbacks

Guess I didn't explain that well enough. They are still smooth but not flat surfaces. They are uniquely beautiful and well worth checking out.

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Beautiful splashbacks

Wathaurong Glass in North Geelong have stunning splashbacks.
And a bonus – they’re textured so they don’t show the dirt as much as flat surfaces.
http://www.wathaurongglass.com.au/

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Slide out benches

Thanks Michelle. Guess it's a matter of common sense and I think I've still got a little store of that somewhere.
Cheers,
Helen

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Slide out benches

I like the idea of creating extra bench space with a slide-out bench above a drawer. Has anyone actually used one of these? Can they hold much weight? Would…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Big beautiful trees

Hi 3xb,
I had the same thoughts on Friday when I drove past an old CSIRO site in Preston that has just been sold. They were cutting down the gum trees…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
How old are the people who are building new homes

The show Grand Designs on Channel 2 this week featured an English couple in their 70s building their 3rd house. They ordered a German Huf house which was built to…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Downlights use a lot of power

3xb - I saw this on The New Inventors - the eco switch:
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/newinventors/txt/s1899659.htm
Love this line: Once a sufficient level of home entertainment has been reached and…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Downlights use a lot of power

Gosh it's a minefield out there if you try to do the right thing. I just looked at the forum that ran after the 4 Corners show and there was…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Downlights use a lot of power

You're right Stonecutter. I just did a quick search and found them at the shop where part of the interview in the show took place.
http://www.environmentshop.com.au/Produ…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Downlights use a lot of power

A report on 4 Corners last night showed how these lights really eat up power so cost a considerable amount more to run.
An extract from the show:
JONATHAN HOLMES: According to…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Choosing Jetmaster fireplace

Good points on burning wood Elizabeth. We're building on a block which is heavily treed so some of the trees have to come down so our solar setup gets enough…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
should i tell them? should i????

Getting extra downlights may not be the bargain you think. A report on 4 Corners last night showed how these lights really eat up power so cost a considerable amount…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Drying Cupboard

Probably not much use in a new home because of lower ceilings but in our California bungalow we've got a rack on a pulley above the gas heater in…

14 years14 yearsHelenHelen posted:
Choosing Jetmaster fireplace

And if you've already bought your wood fire here's something that helps reduce the emissions and makes the fire more efficient:
http://www.smartburn.com.au/

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