My name is Elly, and Robbert and I moved into a 70s house on the outskirts of the urban fringe18 months ago. We have heavy clay soil so gardening is hard work, but we persevere. The house had floor-to-ceiling 2-pane windows up until last week. Now all the bottom panes are plastered over with yellow bats sandwiched into the space. The outsides will be covered with an inner layer of carpet underlay and a weather wall of corrugated metal sheeting, to match the gates and other corrugated areas around the building. It is our way of boosting the insulation. The next step is pelmets and heavy curtains to keep in the warmth at night. Robbert does the diy stuff and I do the painting and sewing etc. We both garden and had great success with egg plants last summer. The broad beans are coming along well now. Our no-dig veggie patch is just super. We couldn't have dug into all that clay in a month of Sundays!
I look forward to sharing ideas with folks who love to do it themselves.
Hi@Elly and welcome to Workshop. Here you will find, as I did, wonderful friendly people who are only too happy to share their wealth of knowledge and experience. We all want to improve the lives of our families and ourselves, and DIY is a great way to do it. Hope you have fun sharing. Cheers.
Welcome to the Workshop community @Elly. Many thanks for signing up and introducing yourself. It's great to have you join us.
It sounds like you've been very busy and have made a great start on transforming your new home. I look forward to reading a lot more about your projects and plans.
You might like to add to this discussion in which Workshop members have been sharing their vegie garden progress over recent cooler months - Autumn vegetable updates please.
I have never introduced myself before. My name is John and I am happily married to Pam with two grown up daughters who I love very much. I live in Redland Bay Queensland just across from the islands the best known being North Stradbroke. I however was born in Melbourne. Proud to be of convict [blood] heritage. I was a Composite Tradesmen [Fibreglass] up until I had an argument between a forklift and a waterfeature mold/plug which wanted to go their separate ways with me in the middle one went one way and the other went in the opposite direction with me staying put. I was lucky that the molds supporting frame was made out of round gal pipe if it was square I would have lost both arms.
I amassed allot of tools as a contractor some as old as 40 years and now they come in handy. I have no regrets as I was apart of such a great industry seeing as well as creating new ways of construction. My main job was trouble shooting.
Anyway that's me.
Jason its a Sanga[sandwich]
Hi Elly & Robbert,
Boy you really are going forward in leaps and bounds trying to make this home more cosy, very radical covering up the bottom section of your floor to ceiling windows but I hope it works out for you both.
What urban outskirts are you referring to by the way??
Not sure if I could say we are like minded in the sort of home you have and the one we are building, as we do have almost floor to ceiling windows, about 300mm off the floor, anyway, we are building our home entirely from the foundations up and very much into doing everything ourselves, or at least doing everything we are permitted to do, so in this sense, we are perhaps like minded.
Good luck with all your reno's
Thanks for formally introducing yourself @John1. It's great to have you as a member of the Workshop community. I'm sure with your skills and experience you can provide assistance to many community members.
A sanga in Aussie slang can mean either a sausage or a sandwich. So Sanga it is.
Most of our windows DON'T face north, so we covered in the bottom half.
It seems there is little insulation in the roof and we know there is none in the walls, so we decided to limit the window exposure which also has the benefit of allowing better placement of furniture in each room.
The nnorth-facing windows are a boon right now, and they have sufficient eave for summer protection. Wish the house had been placed the other way round on the block! Oh well, we have to make the most of what we have, and we love being up in the hills out Healesville way.
If your full-length Windows face north and have eaves, you will benefit heaps from summer shade and winter sun. Don't design long or big windows that face west, unless you have adequate shade trees close by. The western sun can be very harsh. If you have included clerestory windows, make sure they face south to give you light but not heat in summer.
We have several skylights, which are mostly a boon, but in summer we get up on the roof and cover them with blockout material to reduce the heat into the house.
I wonder if anyone can design the perfect house!
Regards and thanks for replying to my intro,
We have only one westerly window and it's in our indoor pool, so this window will be slightly benificial for winter heat into the room but as I said, ever so lightly as it's not huge at about 1500mm wide.
As for the north facing windows, the rooms benifiting from them will be again the pool, as there is a window on that side too, then our main hub, the kitchen table sits infront of a 3mtr wide viewing window as I call it, that overlooks the garden, so I think it will be heaven having breakfast there during winter when we finish building the home and finally move in and the last room on the north side is the master bedroom, so when we open the curtain in the morning, we should be greeted by a beautiful glow.
As for insulation, we have chosen to put it into every internal wall in the home and obviously the perimeter and in the roof, we are putting in a factor 7 or 2 x 3.5 batts as the main escape for heat is UP, apart from the windows that you already know about.
It was a pleasure to say welcome and although it's been a very long time since I've been anywhere near Healesville, I do know exactly where it is. Meanwhile, I live in a little town called Birregurra, about 45 km west of Geelong.
Best of luck with your reno's