Renovation and Home Design

Why I Don’t Have Mono-Crystalline Solar Panels


Several people have commented that my panels look different to those on other houses.

Most solar PV installations use Mono-Crystalline panels, because they are smaller for the same power rating. However the panels on my roof are Kaneka Thin Film Panels.

Here are the reasons why:

Efficiency In Real World Temperatures

When you see [read more…]

Electrical Planning – General

electrical planning power sockets

Do some of your power sockets look like this photo?  

Next time you visit a show house have a look at the power point provision……… You could well think most builders you would think that they are still in the 1950’s.  

Typically you get a couple of double sockets in each room. [read more…]

Feng Shui

Feng shui tiger

When people see the Lion Dogs outside my house they sometimes say “Surely you don’t believe in Feng Shui” to which my initial answer is “ Not really, but I’m told it works whether you believe it or not!”

The real answer is a bit more complicated………I think that a lot [read more…]

Insulation Basics – Weather Effects


When you are considering how much heat you will gain in summer, or lose in winter its not just the outside temperature you need to think about. Its actually the surface temperature of the outside surface. This can be different to the outside air temperature.

Here are some thoughts on how weather can change [read more…]

Back Door

back door

Most people spend a lot of time thinking about their front door but forget about the back door.

There seems to be a bit of a convention for back doors, that they usually have a half window and usually only have a single simple lock.

Unfortunatly criminals know that an easy way to break [read more…]

Gas Plumbing

Most people who have mains gas available will have gas connections for hot water and central heating automatically provided by the builder. But what else do you need to think about?

Meter Location

You will need the meter somewhere where it can be read from the front of the house but is not an eyesore. [read more…]

7 Things To Think About Standing On A Block

boundary marker


So you have visited the Developers Office and been shown a site plan with some blocks for sale that are the Size, and Orientation, you want. The next thing is to get a copy of the Title Plan and go and look at the blocks you think may be OK. Here are some [read more…]

Large or Small

While houses are getting bigger apartments are getting smaller, typically apartments have shrunk by 17% over the last five years in Melbourne.

Getting Smaller

Flat screen televisions can now be mounted on the wall

MP3 Players like I-pods/Smart phones mean your music collection is shrunk to a size smaller than a paperback.

Talking about paperbacks [read more…]