SustainableSmallHouses.com details the steps taken and the choices and compromises made when building a small sustainable house.
Many years after our first thoughts and plans in 2012 to build a small sustainable house on our section in June 2019 the moment was finally there and we moved with the family into our 72 m2 dwelling.
We still have
Although we still have about 2,000 m2 of landscaping to do the outside is about ready.
More diggers have been on site to fill the water tank and parking bay area, level the driveway, dig trenches for waste and storm water
With the exterior of the house finished more progress has been made on the interior. Some of the choices we made on the interior: Ceiling: We did nothing to the ceiling so the ceiling is just the interior side of
A mid-build tour of our home by Madelief and Charlie. Showing you the inns en outs of the house.
With the scaffolding gone finally some better pictures of the exterior of the home and our cladding. Choosing a cladding has been more difficult than I imagined and choices and materials different from what I had envisioned. I loved the
With all the scaffolding still up it is difficult to see the end result of the cladding and work hasn't finished yet so we will have to be a bit more patient. More on the selection of our cladding later. With
After some impressive times putting up the exterior walls and the roof the last weeks there was progress on different areas. Finish the beams, structure and roof above the deck area and the exterior timber framing of our roof design.
And a couple of days after the walls went up we also had a roof. We arrived on site at 2 pm to witness the progress of installing the Thermospan metal SIP roof panels but all 13 eight meter long
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