Jan 18, 2019: New Leaf and Progress Photos

Long-time readers may recall my good friend Daniel Jones and his work with Repower Shoalhaven. Daniel has recently moved to Maui and deserves two lots of congratulations. Firstly for his marriage to the lovely Kari, and secondly for their purchase of a Nissan Leaf to get around the island.

Daniel and Kari with their […]

Jan 4, 2019: Doors and Architraves

Quick update after a busy week hanging doors, adding more kitchen cabinets and starting to install the architraves. Cintia’s been painting away while I’ve been doing the carpentry. Things are starting to come together nicely.

Hanging the last two doors.

We won’t be putting the architraves around the doors or the skirting boards on […]

Dec 28, 2018: Russell Island house progress.

Cintia and I are really enjoying being back on Russell Island as we work on completing the house we started back in June (see previous Newsletters here if you don’t know what I’m talking about). We were a bit worried that summer in Moreton Bay might be very hot, humid and infested with mosquitoes and […]

Dec 12, 2018: Back on Russell Island

Our PHEV back at our house building project on Russell Island.

I made it back to Russell Island about two weeks ago to finish building the house we started in July (see previous Newsletters for previous project updates). On the first trip we managed to get the house almost ready for gyprock. The only […]

Nov 16, 2018: Greeny Flat For Rent

Hello again,

Just a quick note to let you know that the Greeny Flat will be available for rent from the middle of December to the end of February. Cintia and I will be heading back up to Queensland to finish the house we started over the winter so the Greeny Flat will be up […]

Nov 9, 2018: A Tale of Two Houses

House No 1.

This afternoon I was driving past the house of a friend of mine (shown in the photo above). In the interests of full disclosure I should say from the start that I had a hand in the design and siting of this particular little gem. But what struck me most today […]

Oct 2018: Is The Housing Market Starting to See the Light?

Regular readers will know that, for years now, I have been banging on about the benefits of smaller, more energy-efficient, cost-effective, low-maintenance homes (like the Greeny Flat) in towns and cities that are designed for people, communities and sustainability (rather than automobiles). In fact I’ve been advocating for this sort of thing for most of […]

Sept 16, 2018: Greeny Flat Testimonial.

For the last three months, while we’ve been up in Queensland working on our affordable housing project, we’ve had a lovely woman named Brenda renting and living in the Greeny Flat. She moved out at the end of August and sent me the following email about her stay. This was Brenda’s first experience with a […]

Sept 7, 2018: Lighter Roofs and Cheaper PHEVs

Why Dark Roofs Are ‘Crazy’

I’ve been saying it for years and it’s nice to see that the message seems to be getting through. This week I received the the following email from one Newsletter readers…

Hi Andy, I decided to replace the roof on the house I live some 7 years ago. It’s situated […]

August 31, 2018: Windows and Cladding

Since our last Newsletter we’ve managed to finish installing the windows, complete the electrical rough-in, and make a pretty good start on the exterior cladding.

Windows in and cladding going on.

We’re using a light (‘Surfmist’) coloured corrugated steel for our exterior walls (as well as the roof) because it reflects the heat better […]