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 […]

August 17, 2018: Adamant About Eaves

For the last couple of months Cintia and I have been working on an affordable housing project in Queensland. I’ll give an update on that in a minute but before I do I’d like to take a brief side-track and talk about the importance of a good roof overhang.

Is this the epitome of […]

August 3rd, 2018: Raising the Roof

We’ve had a very busy week here in Queensland. Since getting our frames and trusses installed last week we’ve been taking care of a lot of bracing and tie-down details. We’re not in a cyclone zone here but, being on the coast, there’s potential for some pretty high winds which can cause wracking, shear and […]

July 27, 2018: Progress Photos

As mentioned in our last two Newsletters, Cintia and I are up in Queensland working on an affordable housing project. This week I thought I’d share a few images to show you what we’re aiming for and how far we’ve got.

Below is a screenshot of a 3D model which gives an idea of what […]

July 13, 2018: Project Progress

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, Cintia and I are up in Queensland working on an affordable housing project… by that I mean we’re trying to build a house that we can afford because we certainly can’t afford one in the Southern Highlands.

We found a wonderful place called Russell Island with cheap land, a […]