Renovation and Home Design

Bottled Gas – Cooking

Photo from wickipedia

Photo from wickipedia

Many people building a new house like cooking on gas, but may find that their area doesn’t have a mains supply.

The question then becomes “Should you go for bottled gas, or go all electric?”

Energy Cost

To compare energy costs you first need to understand how much energy there is [read more…]

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Strange Wood Heater Location

Harman Oakwood Wood Stove

This photograph shows an attractive antique looking wood heater which I found on hearth.com. . . . but its location looks very odd to me:

As it has been placed in front of varnished timber it has had to be placed well away from the corner meaning it’s taking a lot of space away [read more…]

Fridge Location

fridge

You may be out shopping for a new fridge to go in the new house

or

You may just want to check your existing fridge fits in the alcove in your new kitchen.

Whichever it is . . . . . Don’t forget to leave room around the fridge!

Ventilation

Both refrigerators and [read more…]

Air Conditioning – Ducted, or Separate Units?

ducted heating vent

Guest post by Hubert Dwight

Choosing between split systems and ducted air conditioning systems is no easy task.

We understand that nagging voice in the back of your head that keeps asking “Will we go for a split systems or go for it and purchase a ducted air con system?”

Weighing up the [read more…]

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More Storage Space . . . . or Too Much Stuff?

modular storage

Read the House Magazines or watch TV Programs and you will often notice quotes like:

“You can never have too much storage space.”

Well I think that’s BULLDUST!

If you think you need more storage space; then think about getting rid of some STUFF.

Get too much [read more…]

Low Bank Valuations

People building a new home are often shocked when their bank valuation is less than the cost of the land plus the build cost.

Problems With Low Valuation

The two issue are

Unless your deposit is larger than the difference between the Final Cost and the valuation you will be unable to finance the build. [read more…]

Passiv Haus

Castlemaine Pasiv Haus

What is a Passiv Haus (Passive House)?

Well as you might have guessed the term originates in Germany, and relates to a method of achieving more sustainable performance (and lower Energy Bills)

It’s a technique which doesn’t rely on good orientation, high thermal mass and natural cross flow ventilation to provide comfortable [read more…]

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Sensor Switches

Sensor switch

Fed up with lights being left on!

Why not plan some internal sensor switches for your new home.

Unlike the sensor lights commonly used for outdoors its common to have a sensor switch wired into the lighting circuit rather than a combined sensor and light.

For my last house I installed one in the Walk [read more…]