Having a bushfire water storage is important . . . . . . Even if you have mains water supply!
Public water mains only have limited capacity. . . . . . . . In a bush fire situation Fire Trucks will be sucking water out of the mains and your neighbours will want to have their hoses running. The result can be you get nothing, or just a trickle of water.
If you are building a new house in an area that has a bushfire risk then there will often be a council requirement to have a bushfire storage tank. With an existing house in the bush you also should consider adding a bushfire reserve water tank
Your Bushfire Reserve supply should be set up so the water cannot be used up in normal domestic use.
Suitable materials for above ground tanks are either concrete or steel. In ground GRP tanks would also be acceptable emergency supplies.
The tank should be located where the it can be readily seen and accessed by the Fire Brigade. The outlet with a connection that meets the State Fire Brigade requirements. (Check your local State Fire Service website for current details of minimum size, location, arrangement, and signing ).
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When I was young (about 50 years ago) obesity wasn’t really an issue.
In those days most houses had a small kitchen where a meal was cooked. We either ate in the kitchen or a small dining room. The rest of the time indoors was spent in the living room.
Since then there has been a move to more open plan houses and big kitchen with lots of food storage.
Now, for a lot of us, the most used room in the house is a family room containing the kitchen and a big television. Meals are often eaten at the kitchen counter.
What all this means is that we spend a lot more time sitting near cupboards, and jars, full of tempting snacks like:
- etc, etc.
We are also a lot closer to that fridge with those sugary drinks, and the freezer with tubs of ice cream.
I don’t know about you, but the only way I resisted temptation, and lost 12kgs a few years ago, was to keep biscuits and ice cream out of the house.
Will you be too close to temptation in your new house?
See Kitchens for more posts
What an imposing facade!
But why is it spoiled by that letter box in the middle of the path? . . . . . Perhaps it’s because the letter box is hiding the water meter!
It’s funny how those water meters always seem to be in the wrong place. We had the same issue at my last new house, but solved it by widening the driveway to avoid the meter entirely.
Thanks to Herman Fong for submitting this photo. (If you see something funny on a house send it in and give us all a laugh)
For more Unusual House Photos, and Fails, check out: What the………………….?
Loose lay retaining wall blocks are concrete blocks that have a nib cast on the underside. (see photo) This stops each block slipping forward of the block below.
There are a number of different manufacturers and most produce more than one type of block. You will normally find several different types of block in any of the big DIY Stores.
The sketch below shows a typical construction detail for this type of wall. (check the manufacturer’s web site as most provide comprehensive design and installation guides)
The most critical aspect of building a wall is to get the foundation and the first course right. Although you can use gravel I would probably go for a concrete foundation and then lay the first course on mortar to allow for adjustment.
Although this type of wall will be more expensive than a sleeper wall it can be laid in curves as well as straight lines.
As I visit lots of houses I often wonder if some houses have too much security.
I see lots of houses with roller shutters or even steel gratings over the windows like these.
Quite often when I ring the bell the owner seems to spend ages unlocking the various locks and bolt on the front door.
Yes they are keeping people out . . . . . but what happens if there is a fire in the house?
In a typical year around 70 People die in Home fires in Australia.
So before you put more security in your house . . . .Think about how you would get out in a fire!
Here are some thoughts about making sure you keep safe:
- Although I typically have two locks on my doors I only lock the deadbolt when I am going out.
- If you do want to lock the deadbolt while you are inside always leave a set of keys where it is easily accessible in an emergency.
- Think about how you would escape through the window if you couldn’t get to the door. I would be able to smash a window and get out . . . But would shutters or bars lock you in, with the flames!
See : Doors and Glazing for more posts
Why would you go to the effort of building that platform for the bed? . . . . .and why the curves?
This could be a major hazard if you need to go to the toilet in the night! . . . . . . Fall off the step on the way to the bathroom, and trip over it on the way back to bed.
I found the photo on Hooked on Houses an interesting site with a mixture of funny and interesting posts.
For more Fails and unusual houses go to What the………….?
I recently saw an advert for ‘MyPlace’ a ‘Virtual Build Information System’ by Burbank.
What Is A Virtual Build Information System?
MyPlace is a virtual construction site which provides a visual aid in the progress of your home’s construction. It lets you check out what’s happening on-site of your new home without having to leave your couch.
If you build your new home with Burbank home you will be able to log into ‘MyPlace’ at any time. You will then be able to:
- Download documents.
- See photos of your home being built.
- See updates from the Builder.
Is it A Good Idea
Well it sound ‘Modern’ and ’High Tech’ but I’m not convinced.
- I always like to be able to have signed document in my hand, not electronic documents!
- Is it just a system to try and keep you away from the site, and stop you asking awkward quality questions?
- How much detail will the photos really show to help you gauge the build quality?
- Many people building have problems in getting a weekly phone update from the Site Supervisor, so how frequently and up to date will the information be?
I might be interested if I was having a house built a long way from where I lived, but in my mind nothing replaces regular site visits during the build.
If you have used one of these Virtual Build Information System I would like to hear about your experiences.