Greentasreno house for sale

After sustainably renovating our 1950’s weatherboard house in the idyllic village of Westbury in Northern Tasmania the time has come to put it up for sale.

Sean and Mandy and Jade the Jack Russell are about to embark on their next sustainable adventure, owner building a hempcrete house on a smaller block not far away.

All the details and features will be listed here and clicking on the links will take you to the relevant pages in this blog connected with that feature.

For sale: offers over $390,000 aud

If you are interested in the house please use the form after the photo gallery.

Key points:

· 1900 sq m block
· 170 sq m house
· 26 sq m deck
· 4 bedrooms
· Built in wardrobes in 3 bedrooms
· 1 bathroom, 2 toilets
· Large North facing studio room. Could be rumpus room, extra living, artist studio, large home office. Loads of storage, remote media screen.
· Deck with verandah and shade blinds
· Carport
· Workshop
· 2 x 6m shipping containers (Council approved)
· Off street parking for 6 vehicles or more
· Extensive veggie garden with watering system
· Zoned Village (suitable for business use)

Sustainable Features exterior:

· 3kw solar total. Two seperate systems. 1 x 1Kw and 1 x 2Kw
· 6000L rainwater tanks plumbed to toilets, washing machine, laundry, garden taps
· 2 x 1000L water tanks gravity fed to garden
· Large established veggie gardens with raised beds and drip irrigation
· Pizza oven entertaining area
· Exterior paints all low VOC Rockcote (Australian) or Resene (New Zealand)
· Colorbond roof replaced 2009
· Deck is FutureWood composite decking.
· Studio extension footings are Mega Anchors (no concrete)
· Siddons heat pump hot water system

Sustainable Features interior:

· LPG 5 burner cook top and stove
· Wall finishes are clay paint – no off gassing or zero VOC paints
· Timber floor finishes are hard wax oiled
· Kitchen floor commercial vinyl plank floating floor
· Studio floor floating bamboo
· Studio double glazed windows and doors
· Original house windows have secondary window film treatment
· Blockout curtains and pelmets
· Aranbe super efficient wood heater
· LED lighting throughout
· Roof and walls insulated
· Water diverter (cold water in hot water pipes diverted to water tanks)
· Timber kitchen from recycled timber (natural finish)
· Walk in shower

Westbury. The Village

An idyllic English like village, population approx. 2000, centrally located in Tasmania, Australia. 30km West of Launceston, 17km East of Deloraine in the Meander Valley.

· Council area is Meander Valley
· IGA Supermarket (a new bigger one is being built)
· Post office
· Service station
· Hardware
· Butcher
· Chemist
· 2 x doctor surgeries
· Cafes, takeaway, pizza
· Pub
· Village Green
· Local attractions
· Easy to get around
· No parking worries· Good 4g coverage, NBN, radio, TV reception · Anywhere in Tas is easily accessible.
· Airport only 25 minutes
· Ferry only 45 minutes
· Historic buildings
· Clean unpolluted air

Sustainable House Day 2017

For more than 15 years, Sustainable House Day has provided a great opportunity for hundreds of thousands of people to visit some of Australia’s leading green homes – ones  that are not only environmentally friendly, but cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in.East at dusk

In Northern Tasmania there are three houses opening their doors on Sunday 17th September to give people an opportunity to see sustainable houses and to ask the house owners about their sustainable journey. The houses are in Westbury, Evandale and Sheffield. If you are interested in attending any of the houses please register at This will enable you to find out the addresses of the houses.

We started our renovation journey back in 2008 and opened our house in Westbury on Sustainable House Day four times in the past. We have also kept this blog of our journey Now after a four year break we are re-opening our 1950’s weatherboard home that has been renovated using sustainable materials and products. People will be able to see how these products have stood up to daily wear and tear, ask us why we chose the products we did and how we  made those decisions. Come along and see the additions like the shading options on the east side, or the rocket stove fire cob pizza oven which will be up and running.

To find out more:





Earthbag wall and Pizza Oven part 5. Finishing off and trying it out

overall general view finished

Pizza’s cooking in the oven

After completing all the rendering, building etc we were very keen to christen the pizza oven. One Sunday afternoon in late March (perfect early autumn weather here in Tassie) we invited about 30 people to come join us in a pizza afternoon. We supplied the pizza dough, cheese and tomato base and asked people to bring their own toppings and create their own pizza’s.

The oven was lit about two hours before. two small fires in the oven itself, one each side of the cooking platform ( at the time two terracotta planter dishes turned upside down on firebricks) and one fire in the rocket stove.

The two small fires inside ensure that plenty of heat is soaked up by the cob thermal mass of the oven and the rocket stove kept the temperature up as we cooked about 40 pizza’s between 2.00pm and 6.00pm. A great time was had by all. The next morning all there was in the form of ash in the rocket stove was half a dustpan full which goes onto the compost heap. Very efficient.

small fire inside oven

Since that afternoon we have had several pizza cooking sessions. If we are just cooking pizza we only use the rocket stove. We have also cooked sourdough bread and a roast dinner which was very successful.

An inner door was made that shuts off the chimney and keeps the heat in the oven. A fire was lit in the oven and heated it up. Pizza for lunch was first, followed by three loaves of bread and then roast pork.

There is still stuff to be done to totally finish. We want to mosaic around the front of the suspended slab and mortar beach pebbles around the base of the earthbag wall.

Looking back at the project it has been a lot of work but much fun and creative. It gave a chance to use lots of materials that have been hanging about waiting for a use. Earthbag walls are definitely useful where curves are wanted and support a lot of weight.

Cost wise in Australian dollars we think it has been less than$600 including sand, cement, cement oxide, barbed wire etc.

Here is a list of materials and whether they were new or recycled.

  • Sheets and doona covers – used for earthbag tubes – recycled from op shops
  • Barbed wire – new
  • earth – recycled from garden
  • cement – new
  • lime – new
  • sand – new but used more than once ( pizza oven mould and render)
  • clay – from earth
  • straw – natural organic product
  • cement oxide colouring – new
  • cement slab as shelf – recycled
  • decking shelf – left over composite decking from building project
  • Steel for decking shelf – leftovers
  • laundry sink – recycled from building project
  • paving – left overs from other projects
  • flue – recycled from tip
  • door of pizza oven – repurposed oregon board