I’m still hangin’ around.
My thoughts – re how quiet it is – could be put down to certain threads (and personalities) that are no longer available.
You’ll recall we had many posts – particularly about Climate Change and Peak Oil – which really caused people to vent (and sometime not in the most pleasant of ways).
While not the best…[Read more]
Hey Steve :wave:
Thanx for that .. and a big Bah Humbug and Happy & safe New Year from moi too
Hey russ .. :wave:
I would definitely give straw bales a serious look! :tup:
It’s what I’m doing –
Maybe try these links:
(this guy is in SA)…[Read more]
Not knowing what the ph of the ‘soil’ is .. I understand acacias are regarded as good pioneer plants – short-lived, fast-growing, nitrogen fixers. …
I’m not the most prevalent poster either .. prevalent lurker more like. 🙂
Well done pavbenth .. then it will be your turn to do a spiel on your property … with pics 😉
G’day russ and welcome to ALS ..
Yep – totally off-grid for all services. Wastewater treated onsite (not 100% on what system I’ll choose). Obviously collect as much rainwater as I can, and utilise dams and swales everywhere else 🙂
Not a huge amount of the second-hand materials as yet .. a couple of windows and glass bricks (windows). I was more or less going to wait for the engineer to determine the size and specifications/ratings of the required structural materials.
The scalps are the preliminary stage of the driveway. While the building is going on, it will have to do…[Read more]
Strawbale walls externally, rammed earth walls and floor internally (other than wet areas).
Where possible (& practical), everything else will be recycled building materials.
Owner-builder (me, as much as I can).
The driveway will initially be – once excavated (3m wide/10-15cm deep) – laid with ‘scalps’. I understand ‘scalps’ are…[Read more]
I will shortly attempt to upload recent computer generated images from my draftsman.
However, I had an episode of needing to search for another engineer – long story. :jawdrop:
As it turns out, I found one who is capable of doing the engineering for rammed earth and strawbale structures. :tup:
Turns out he is also less expensive ($4,500) and…[Read more]
As you’ll recall from my previous posts, I too love strawbale for all the benefits you mention.
A properly designed SB house stays between 16-23 degrees year round. (this is in a temperate climate).
Even if one takes into account/plans for extreme weather conditions, the internal temp will not be too uncomfortable. The other…[Read more]
pavbenth post=358781 wrote:
That’s a bargain, Andre. How long ago was this? Talbot and Clunes were recently on my list. However, council was really unhelpful and kind of turned me off.
You’re right about no power and water being a good thing. If reticulated services are available, many councils force you to use them. Why would one want to…
We were lucky I guess.
As land near Daylesford was over-the-top expensive, we looked further afield.
Clunes is just short of 2 hours from Melbourne (and featured in the Mad Max film).
I had been looking at a 10 acre block for $105,000 but later saw a 60 acre block for $120,000 which I purchased.
So for us, it was looking at the area for a…[Read more]
I dare say like the majority of us, to live as comfortably as possible without ruining the planet.
Live you, pav, for me that’s growing my own and being self-sufficient.
I’m nowhere near that yet, but slow progress is being made on my property (getting my house built) and once I move out there, then there’ll be no stopping me.
As long as I can…[Read more]
G’day I H .. welcome to the forum.
I’m sure you’ll fit right in ….
…and I reckon there’s a sordid joke or two with that line …
G’day AnneMc and welcome to the forum. :wave:
Looks like you are have made a good start to living a simpler life.
Well done, and enjoy the information and stories from other like-minded individuals from around the country. 🙂
Thank you all.. it was a fine day for a birthday 🙂
The gardening was ‘paid work’ for a new client .. after which, I did some interior painting for another client.
(I have a small gardening/handyman business) … got to do the work when I get it.
Had dinner at the Shanghai Dumpling House (China Town) in the city. Great food, and very cheap 🙂
Oh yeah … so it is. 🙂
Off to do some gardening .. no rest for the wicked …
… or me 😉
Thank you Hummers
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