Now that I have progressed to having preliminary plans for my proposed house, I thought it might be the appropriate time to begin my building thread, even though there are, no doubt, several months before the actual building will start, and lots of decisions to make before that happens.
My sister and her partner built themselves a strawbale home near Toowoomba, and my interest in strawbale, and the resulting research I undertook convinced me that it would be an ideal material for the climate here, with its low humidity and high diurnal range. Wanting to use strawbale as a building material pretty much excludes the project home builders, so I went looking for a design/building company to assist in this project. After a false start with a company that really didn’t get what I wanted, I have been working with the architect in a small, local firm – Jigsaw Housing http://www.jigsawhousing.com.au with whom I am very happy.
The land is 2032 sq m (that’s a tiny smidgin over ½ acre) in the hills to the west of Canberra. It is fairly flat with a fall of approximately 1 metre over the 57 m length, so not really noticeable when standing on the land, and hopefully easy to build on.
Street frontage is roughly on the south side, (north/south is along the long diagonal of the block) so it is well positioned for north facing living areas, and has lots of room for vegetable gardens and fruit trees, which are being planned -well,more dreamed-about at the moment - using Jackie French’s The Wilderness Garden and Backyard Self-Sufficiency for inspiration.
The house is to be essentially a three bedroom, two bathroom home with two living areas, with a slight twist – the second living area will be my textile studio, and the third bedroom will be a study with the ability to become a bedroom for visitors when necessary. I have long wanted to have a loft bedroom, and more recently a walk-in pantry has become a “must-have” as my interest in preserving food has increased, along with my collection of glass jars!
My reading of other people’s threads tells me that plans are a “must” so here you go:
1) siting of house on the block
2) proposed floor plans - ground and loft
3) south and west elevations and section
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Plans will now be checked for energy efficiency and to ensure things like windows are correctly positioned and sized, and preliminary costings will be done – please keep fingers crossed that these come within the ballpark!
Comments and suggestions are welcome.