Our Renovation – Major features
Well it’s a bit delayed; since the bulk of the renovation was completed over 12 months ago. But here we go… check out the gallery above for some photos and a few explainers… although it’s a random collection and not really a timeline of any accuracy! We really need to do a video, but not sure when that’s going to happen!
If we were to list the actual “features” of the new renovation… it’d go something like this:
- Underfloor Bathroom Heating (450w) + mirror demister!.
- 6kw + 2.5kw Split systems for main living area and study.
- Sanden Hot Water Heat-Pump (250L)
- Solar-venti solar air heater (study)
- North Facing Kitchen
- Automated external blind on West facing kitchen window
- Open plan kitchen / dining.
- Double Glazed windows in the kitchen and living areas.
- Large walk-in Pantry with “Cool Cupboard”.
- Internal ‘Greenhouse’ with external shading (pergola), and extended skillion roof – allows light and warmth. into the main living areas, as well as a place to propagate / grow plants.
- Underfloor insulation; wall insulation (in renovated areas) and R5 Ceiling Insulation.
- Water: Both toilets plus washing machine plumbed to tank water, and internal tap with a filter system.
Overall, we are super happy with our new spaces, the winter sunshine coming in, and the increased thermal performance. Summers so far (though pretty mild this year) have been comfortable, and we only turned on the AC’s once.
Tech – a confession
Permaculture purists, look aside! Yes, we put some tech in. Do I feel bad? No.
Could we survive without it? Absolutely. ….but it wouldn’t be anywhere near as fun…
- Some automated / smart lights and power points (Some are for convenience; some are to save actual standby energy).
- Wired and wireless home network.
- Home NAS (Network Attached Storage), which is the home for our digital music, and it also backs up PC files etc.
- Put in an external security camera… Just to have that little bit of security.
- New TV & Entertainment (ours was over 10y old). But can I point out, that we don’t subscribe to a streaming service (well, not at the moment)!
This tech has an energy cost – Our total standby power consumption is still only about 100w, and is really quite minor “in the scheme of things”. All the wireless tech is about 60w, smart switches only 3w (all up), with the remainder taken up by office equipment – PC’s / AC’s on standby, powerboards and so on.
However energy use in the home has been seriously considered, weighed up and reduced where possible… it’s not quite rampant consumerism where energy use is not even a thought.
There’s a lot more energy detail in our next post about Energy.
Oh – and who did our Reno? It wasn’t us! We’re very pleased with the job that Dale did (of DLW Builders).