Sept 6, 2019: Sustainable House Day 2019 next weekend.

Click on the image above to visit the SHD website.

Just a quick note this week to remind all our readers that Sustainable House Day is here again. This year it’s on Sunday, September 15th. As usual the Greeny Flat will be open from 10am to 4pm. Naturally all our readers are most welcome […]

Aug 30, 2019: Solar Installed

In last week’s Newsletter I mentioned that we had ordered the solar power system for the house next to the Greeny Flat. I was expecting it to take a month or so to get it installed. So I was pleasantly surprised to get a call from the installers (Space Solar based in Sydney) yesterday to […]

Aug 23rd, 2019: Solar System Ordered and Other Notable Stuff

As mentioned in last week’s Newsletter, we’ve now moved into the main house next to the Greeny Flat in order to complete the interior renovations. Long-time readers will know that we’ve been working on all the exterior energy retrofit work for nearly three years now in between other projects. Here’s a link to a series […]

Aug 16, 2019: Two Projects Finished and Sustainable House Day Coming Up.

It’s been an intensely busy few weeks for us both here at the Greeny Flat and up in Queensland. A week ago today we put the finishing touches on the house we’ve been building on Russell Island. Then we jumped in the PHEV and headed south again to finish some upgrades to the interior of the […]

July 12, 2019: The Beauty of Bamboo

This week Cintia and I have been putting the finishing touches on the house we’re building on Russell Island. It’s great fun seeing it all come together after so much planning and hard work. We’re particularly happy with our choice of colours and materials… I say colours but basically everything is white with wood accents.

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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 28, 2019: Kitchen Upgrade

When we first built the Greeny Flat we weren’t exactly sure how we wanted to finish the base cabinets for the kitchen. So we finished the upper cabinets and put some temporary cabinets under the counter top. We used a mixed bunch of oddments picked up from second-hand shops including a couple of old filing […]

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 […]

May 24, 2019: Public Meeting in Bowral on Friday 31st of May

With apologies to our readers who don’t live in the Southern Highlands, I need to write a bit more about our local council’s proposal to take a lot of money from the Environment Levy and give it to a proposed Regional Art Gallery.

The Environment Levy is something that is charged to all ratepayers in […]

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 […]