Mandy & I started this journey and blog in late 2008 and it has taken us many places. The house started as a two year project and six years later we have near enough finished. The last part of the external cladding around our heat pump hot water service is almost done.
Sustainably lots of things have changed in 6 years. When we started a 1kw solar system was $13000 now a 2kw system is less than half of that. My electrician did not know what LED lighting was really and thought it would never catch on. Now it is almost all he fits. Almost all paint companies stock a low VOC paint. Bunnings no longer sell pink batts insulation.
So this blog will now rarely get updated BUT………. we are now on a new adventure…or two. Check out the progress of our investment house at www.greentasrenter.wordpress.com as we investigate and renovate a weatherboard house built in 1932 so that tenants can be comfortable and keep their power bills down. This renovation should only take a couple of months and not six years. Also we are setting up a new business called DIY-Eco (www.diyeco.com.au) that creates personal tours of sustainable homes, their owners and their journey as well as creating hands on fun workshops to enable people to understand their electricity bills and how they might draught proof their homes.
Like many other people, Mandy and I (Sean) and Tessa the Mini Fox Terrier have despaired at the evergrowing proliferation of overlarge, cheaply built, black roofed MacMansions that are sprouting like weeds in Australia’s cities, towns and suburbs. As we travelled Australia over the last 16 years these feelings grew, and so we started to research our options so that if the time came to stop our nomadic ways we would know what we wanted to do. Our research led us to two conclusions; we could build our own home on a block of our choice or we could buy a pre-existing house and renovate it in a sustainable, sympathetic manner.
It had been our observation that although more and more people were renovating their houses in a sympathetic manner with solar hot water, insulation, double glazing etc and that there is a bewildering & confusing amount of information available on the internet it was scattered everywhere and not easy to gather together. So the idea was born that we would buy a house that needed renovating or buy a block of land and build our own home and put our journey onto the web with our ideas, dreams, information found and all the twists and turns that the journey takes us on.
So this is the start of the journey and who knows where it will end but hopefully with a house renovated on a realistic budget that is warm, well insulated, powered by the sun, does not give off harmful chemicals and suits our needs for the future.
We decided that a renovation was our path at this moment in time. Please explore the pages as they become available to look for information whether it be on hot water, roofing, insulation or progress on the house and grounds.
Sean & Mandy & Tessa the Dog