July 28, 2017: Episode 13 – West Side Shade Awning and Deck

It’s been a while since we made our last video about the ongoing Energy Retrofit of the old fibro cottage next to the Greeny Flat. I’ve had quite a few readers send messages saying they miss seeing the progress of the project. But don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten, I just wanted to get to a good stopping point before compiling this latest video.

In our last episode back in May we replaced the sewer lines down the western side of the house. The old lines were terracotta and had occasionally been plugged up with roots in the past. We certainly didn’t want to have to deal with that after we had built a deck over the top of them so we had to replace them before we could proceed with the deck.

Since then we’ve been working away at building the deck and awning out on the western side. The deck will be a nice addition to the house but, from the energy efficiency and comfort points of view, it’s the shade awning that will really make a difference. It will protect that western wall from the hot afternoon sun in summer as well as providing a covered walkway from the back door across to the laundry and most of the way to the garage.

Check out the video below to see how it all came together. In the next episode I will explain how we are creating a rainwater harvesting system. Thanks for watching.

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