Second Hand Cottage 2016

HOUSE NAME
Second Hand Cottage
Address:
Alexandria 2015
Housing Type
Standalone House
House Size
150 m2
Number of bedrooms
5
Number of bathrooms
2
Builder
Self Builder/Bluridge Builders
Project Type
Renovation
Architect/Designer
Self
Opening Hours
10-2

OPEN 10-2

HOUSE TALK EVERY 1/2 HOUR (except 12.30pm)

12.30pm SPECIAL TALK “WHAT TO DO AT THE END OF THE SOLAR BONUS SCHEME”

The aim of our build was to reuse as many materials as possible, buy second hand or from a sustainable source.  We used eBay, Gumtree, friends and acquaintances to source all our windows (except one), timber floor boards (from an old scout hall), doors  and many other materials we needed for the build.  Where we were unable to source second hand, we researched and selected the most sustainable option.

We spent an excruciating amount of time in the design phase, maximising every square centimetre to squeeze in 5 bedrooms for our family of six, all within a compact 150 sq meters.  It was also critical to us that we maintained the heritage values of our weatherboard cottage, as well as ensuring every room had cross ventilation and light from two sides.  A rainwater tank and a monitored solar PV system were also an necessity. Importantly we chose sustainable features that are affordable and available for all.

We built on a tight budget, doing much of the work ourselves and the savings we made from this and the second hand materials, ensured we could complete a comfortable and conscious home.  It took a lot of time to source all the materials and even more to prep them for the build, but it was absolutely worth it.

We enjoy our home every single day and are proud we were able to build it in a sustainable way.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Cost estimate of sustainable home/features
$150000
Universal Design Features
Multi-generational
Building Type
Lightweight construction
Timber
Recycled and reused
Bricks
Timber
Windows
Doors
Paving
Glass
Kitchen/bath cabinets
Flooring, Cabinetry, Wardrobe
Sustainable materials
Carpet - recycled corn husk
Healthy home materials
Non toxic Paint,
Windows and Doors
Low-e, films
Louvre windows
Window/door materials and coverings
Timber
Blinds
Drapes
Awnings
Skylights
Renewable energy
Solar PV grid connect
Water heating
Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
Passive heating cooling
Cross ventilation
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Insulation
Ceiling
Type: Gyprock,
Rating:
Internal and external walls
Type: Gyprock, Timber, Fibre Sheeting, Weatherboard,
Rating:
Floor
Type: Timber,
Rating:
Water harvesting and water saving
Above ground storage
Type: Tank,
Size: 3000 litre
Low flow shower heads
Low flow taps
Drip irrigation
Storage connected to
Garden
Toilet
Laundry
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Draught proofing
Efficient appliances
Energy monitoring
Garden/Outdoors
Drip irrigation
Council property located in:
City of Sydney
Connected to gas?
Yes