July 5, 2019: Back To Russell Island

Anyone who’s been following our Newsletter for more than six months will know that Cintia and I have been building a house on Russell Island in Queensland. It was the price of land and the proximity to Brisbane that led us here in the first place and we’ve found it to be a peaceful and […]

June 21, 2019: What’s Your 2040?

Happy Winter Solstice Australia! (or for our readers in the Northern Hemisphere – Happy Summer Solstice!)

If you’re thinking of building a house, renovating or adding to the one you have (or putting solar panels on your roof) this weekend is a great opportunity to check how much sun you will get at the worst […]

April 12, 2019: The Economics of Granny Flats

People have various reasons for wanting to build a granny flat. Some families need to care for an aging relative. Others need a separate and private space for a teenager or young adult. Still others might be planning for a time after their kids have flown the nest and thinking about down-sizing. Today I’d like […]

Feb 20, 2019: Russell Island Home Tour

Hello again. This will be a very brief Newsletter this week just to let you know that we have posted a little video home tour of our Russell Island project on YouTube at the following link.

We had our final inspection last week and, as far as we know, it’s all passed and good […]

Feb 8, 2019: Russell Island Nearly Finished

Our Russell Island project is coming along nicely. In fact we’ve scheduled our final inspection for Wednesday next week. The plumber came yesterday so now we have running water and a functioning toilet. No hot water yet because the electrician still has to power up the hot water system.

Meanwhile we’ve finished the kitchen…

Jan 25, 2019: Progress and Other Good Stuff

Hello again, it’s been a productive week here on Russell Island. We’re solidly into the finishing stages of the house and it’s exciting and rewarding seeing it come together. So far we’re very happy with the design and materials we’ve chosen.

I could have done the tiling but we’ve got too many other things to […]

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 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 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 […]