Second Hand Cottage 2016

Address
Alexandria NSW 2015
Booking required – see link below
HOUSE DETAILS
    • Housing Type:
    • Standalone House
    • Open Hours
    • 10-2
    • Builder
    • Self Builder/Bluridge Builders

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

Years Open
2016
SUSTAINABLE FEATURES
    • Energy efficiency:
    • Efficient lighting
      Draught proofing
      Efficient appliances
      Energy monitoring
    • Passive heating cooling:
    • Cross ventilation
    • Active heating cooling:
    • Ceiling fans
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Bricks
      Timber
      Windows
      Doors
      Paving
      Glass
      Kitchen/bath cabinets
      Other
    • Recycled and reused materials:
    • Flooring, Cabinetry, Wardrobe
    • Sustainable materials:
    • Carpet - recycled corn husk
    • Water heating:
    • Solar hot water (evacuated tube)
    • Water harvesting and saving features:
    • Above ground storage
      Low flow shower heads
      Low flow taps
      Drip irrigation
      Storage connected to
    • Above ground rainwater storage Type:
    • Tank
    • Above ground rainwater storage Size
    • 3000 litre
    • Storage connected to
    • Garden
      Toilet
      Laundry
    • Garden / Outdoors
    • Drip irrigation
    • Healthy home features
    • Non toxic Paint,
COSTS AND COST SAVINGS
    • Cost estimate of sustainable home/features:
    • $150000
    • Estimate of annual savings:
    • $1500 per year
ENERGY SPECIFICATIONS
    • Renewable energy used:
    • Solar PV grid connect
INSULATION SPECIFICATIONS
    • Insulation Type:
    • Ceiling
      Internal and external walls
      Floor
    • Ceiling Type:
    • Gyprock
    • Floor Type:
    • Timber
    • Internal / External Walls Type:
    • Gyprock, Timber, Fibre Sheeting, Weatherboard
HOUSE DESIGN
    • House Size
    • 150 m2
    • Number of bedrooms
    • 5
    • Number of bathrooms
    • 2
    • Window and Door Types
    • Low-e, films
      Louvre windows
    • Universal Design Features
    • Multi-generational