The 20/20 House part 19

The Gruen Eco Design blog about how to convert your dream of an energy efficient home into a reality.

Getting Your Selections Right

It’s been 2 months since my last update. Sadly, things are still moving slowly.

My family and I went to Germany and Italy for a month in September, which didn’t help with moving the project forward…

On top of that the build over easement application is holding us up big time. We had to change our carport footings and redesign the pergola in order to satisfy the authorities. Not only did this create time delays but also variation costs for the engineering.

We made the first hurdle with Yarra Valley Water, finally, but now the plans are back with council to approve the build over easement application. This will take another 2-3 weeks. The wheels are turning slowly.

We are also in the process of getting all the information together for the builder. In order to build a house a lot of little things must be decided on and selected. Not only the main materials, also the finer details like handles, light switches, power points and so on.

For sure, if there are things you are not fussed about, like power points or light switches, you could just leave it up to the builder. But, as you can imagine, like in our case, where both clients have a design background, nothing can be left to chance.  Consequently there are still many selections to be made.

Even though our main fixtures and fittings were decided on a while ago, there are still lots of selections to be considered:

  • Handles for windows and doors
  • Hardware for internal doors
  • Handles or handle-less for the kitchen
  • Internal paint colours for walls, ceilings etc
  • Power points and light switches
  • And lots of other little bits and pieces

We are also in the process of fine tuning the window quote, before putting through the order.

The last calculations and adjustments are getting done for our HRV system, the heat pump and our in-floor heating for the bathrooms.

Speaking of which, we do want to install a small split system, to help us cope with the little bit of additional heating or cooling that might be required. But we haven’t even started to think about the type and location of this system.

Similarly for the rainwater tanks. We do want to use the rainwater for our main drinking supply. Hence, we have to get some proper filters. As I had explained in one of my blog posts I react quite strongly to chlorine in tap water; so I’d rather use the tap water for toilet flushing and gardening and the rainwater to be connected to the kitchen and shower. Currently we only know where the tanks will go and how big they will be, but no details yet about the filtration system.

Once all this is done, we will need to get the contract with the builder sorted and organise the removal of the existing house on the block.

If anyone knows someone who would want a 3-bedroom, 2 bathroom weatherboard house, please send them my way. It would be a shame to send the house to landfill. It is still in pretty good condition. We are currently trying to give it away.

Our project is called The 20/20 House. The aim is to be in the house by Christmas 2020 which means we really have to start building early next year. Wish us luck that we get all the last bits and pieces sorted quickly and that the building permit is not far away.

Stay tuned.