Building A New House
Re: New home build - Custom Design WA61
May 26, 2019 3:52 pm
Re: New home build - Custom Design WA63
May 31, 2019 8:32 pm
Lovely! You really are chugging on nicely!
Re: New home build - Custom Design WA66
Jun 28, 2019 9:43 pm
We had a quiet week on site this week, possibly due to the wet weather. The plumber came back to fix some pipes that had been chased into the wrong wall. The data cabling was run and TV antenna installed. Some skylights were also installed.
It's interesting seeing how the sun moves through the house at this time of year when the sun is at its lowest angle. Our north facing dining room has 3m high sliding doors going in - it's great seeing the sun reach all the way through the room.
Re: New home build - Custom Design WA67
Jun 29, 2019 8:52 am
That's quite a span
You might want to take more photos and check tolerances
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Re: New home build - Custom Design WA68
Jun 29, 2019 10:53 am
That’s gorgeous amilelka. You’re so lucky to have a northfacing back. I’ve been watching the sun movement at our build too!
Re: New home build - Custom Design WA69
Jun 29, 2019 7:44 pm
One interesting thing I noticed on our north living area last week was with our 600mm eaves, our standard height windows (2100mm) were about enough as the eaves were shadowing the sunlight just above the window heads for most of the day.
Re: New home build - Custom Design WA75
Jul 20, 2019 9:39 am
Looking good, and always impressed with the solid bricked walls you see in WA (assume mostly for termite protection?).
Hey what’s that large floor cutout for?
Re: New home build - Custom Design WA76
Jul 20, 2019 10:00 am
Yes, brick construction is the standard method of construction in WA. For a long time it was cheaper than timber construction but in the last few years timber framed upper floors have become popular. It's more about the abundance of clay for brick making than termite protection. We still need termite proofing to stop them from climbing up through the wall cavity and eating the roof.
The floor cutout is the void over the living room. I can't wait till the scaffolding comes down and we can see the full effect of the double height ceilings!
Re: New home build - Custom Design WA77
Jul 20, 2019 10:25 am
Yeah that void should make that living space downstairs feel very spacious. It’s probably good too that you have some open area there, as when we were in our house yesterday, the winter sun was coming right into our main living space (only 10+ metres x 5.4m but with a WIP and small study at both ends) ...but anyhow wow the temps were getting warm in that area!
I mean it’s a good thing considering outside was about 9-10 degrees but it actually got me a bit worried that with too much north glazing and not enough floor space we could find ourselves having to open a window or two in winter? I think your design is definitely larger and more open on that north side than ours so you likely would be better off in this regard.
When I worked out our glazing sizes I mostly used a government report that suggested around 25% glass to floor area assuming good solar access and concrete floors. We originally had tiles selected but have since changed to vinyl planks, so anyhow we’ll have to just see how it goes once we have all our furniture in and living there.
I am considering seriously installing one of those cheap air/heat transfer system (basically just ceiling vents with ducts and an in-line pump through your roof) that suck air from one area to another. Our current house has one. The areas of our house not facing north were noticeably cooler yesterday so I’m thinking I would just dump the warmed air into the centre of the main hallway.
Anyhow who would have thought over heating in a cold Ballarat winter would be a possibility?! Maybe a good problem to have? Lol
Re: New home build - Custom Design WA78
Jul 20, 2019 1:24 pm
I've never heard about those air circulation systems, I might look into them.
When we did our aircon plans we were concerned about it being difficult to heat such a large volume of air. But with so many north facing windows I'm hoping the warm air will rise up through the void and create passive warm air flow.
Re: New home build - Custom Design WA80
Aug 03, 2019 11:18 pm
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I suggest you also look into what happens if the builder doesn't build your house according to the original design and engineering here