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The story of our secondhand house - part 2

Nov 22 2017 1 Comment Tags: house

When Pete and I received council approval for our removal house in July 2014, having spent the previous year and a half organising to move the house and doing the minimum required for council approval (read part 1 here), the work was only just beginning.  By this stage we had finished installing new plumbing, rainwater tanks and septic system, new electrical wiring, lights and ceiling fans in every room (as required for environmental standards), insulation in the roof, three sets of external stairs and lots of cyclone strapping.  The interior of the house, however, was for the most part untouched,...

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The air-conditioning dilemma

Oct 12 2017 2 Comments Tags: air conditioning, catch and store energy, house

If you live in a hot house, don’t feel bad for using air conditioning! There are a few things you can do to make your house more comfortable, but at the same time, its difficult to overcome the original design.  So far our secondhand house has been cool enough without air conditioning, but we were pretty carefully to position it to take advantage of passive solar design and hilltop breezes.

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Keeping our new house clean

Jul 31 2017 0 Comments Tags: cleaning, house

I know I keep saying that I hate cleaning, but now that we are in our new house, I have more motivation. Firstly this house is way nicer than our old house, from the colour of the walls (that we chose of course) to the high ceilings and better lighting, I just enjoy being in the house more than ever before. And I know how much effort went into getting it this nice so I don't want to see it getting...

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Keeping the house warm in winter

Jul 10 2017 0 Comments Tags: house

It doesn't get seriously cold here, but its cold enough to be uncomfortable if we don't make some effort. We are actually finding that our house up on the hill is warmer than down in the valley, and we are above the frost line, so that is a nice change, but it still gets down to 5degC overnight. We have a woodstove, but we have to cut the wood ourselves, so you don't really want to use more wood...

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We don't have a microwave

Jun 26 2017 0 Comments Tags: house, kitchen, real food

When the cabinet maker asked me where we wanted the microwave in the new kitchen I had a mental-blank. I couldn't think where to put it and when I really thought about it, I didn't actually want a microwave. We did still own one at that stage, but we hardly used it. I find them kind of ugly and I don't completely trust them. We haven't had a microwave in the new kitchen since we moved in Easter,...

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The story of our secondhand house - part 1

Jun 12 2017 0 Comments Tags: house

This is an article that I wrote for The Owner Buildermagazine. If you're building a house (or thinking about it), this is a wonderful magazine for those interested in alternative building techniques and DIY options. I have just submitted part 2 of this story since we moved in, so I thought it was about time to share part 1 here. If you are building I'm sure they would love to publish your story...

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