Using permaculture ethics & design principles to transform an old energy guzzling bungalow into a showcase of sustainable design. It's about energy cycling, building community, self-reliance,creatively using & reusing materials... all without spending heaps of money.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

2014 Sustainable House Day - September 7th

Principle 8: Integrate rather than segregate

Sustainable House’s all around Australia will be opening their properties and homes for the public to see how people are doing something to reduce their impact on the environment. 

We will be participating in the event again this year, opening our property to the public on the 7th of September from 10am till 4pm. Please bring a gold coin or two as a contribution. For directions to 1a Abdallah Road in Seymour click here.
Front of House
You can find out more about the event and where homes are opening around Australia on the website.

Richard Telford and Peter Lockyer will be running tours on the hour: please try to arrive at 5 minutes before the hour so we can get moving on time. 

A little history of the project

The project began in May 2008 in suburban Seymour, Central Victoria with the purchase of a three roomed bungalow with bathroom / laundry on a 584 sq metre (1/8 acre) block. The bungalow was carefully deconstructed and transformed to a new home that showcases low energy and passive systems, with virtually no waste.

Owner-builder Richard Telford worked closely with builder/architect Peter Lockyer during the main construction phase from May 2009 to May 2010.

Our cellar also acts as a tank stand
One of the more interesting features of the design is a separate cellar that is linked via a duct to a cool cupboard in the kitchen.

The house was a finalist in the 2012 GreenSmart Awards in the Custom Built Homes and Resource Efficiency catagories and has been described as a “landmark in sustainability and clean living” in the North Central Review 4/9/12.

Netted Orchard and chook run
The use permaculture ethics & design principles have been central to the design process that continues in the garden and resource use as they further reduce their impact on the earth and inspire others to make changes in their own lives.

Some highlights include filling only one rubbish and recycle bin during 2011, family spending of $15 per day for food/drink during 2012 and producing 365kg of produce and over 500 eggs during 2013.
Our family in early 2014

I've been pretty busy recently finishing off the greenhouse, the building stage should be completed in time for the open day and I hope to get a post out before then.

Hope to see you here! Come if you can make it.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Black Market #3 at Abdallah House

Design Principle 8: Integrate rather than segregate

We hosted our first Black Market way back in July 2011
We are hosting our third Black Market at our house this Saturday 9th of August 2014 from 10am - 12pm. All are welcome to come along to see how the market works and visit our property. Bring some home grown goodies to swap and share!

Richard Telford (that's me) will give a tour of Abdallah House, an urban example of low impact living with design features that include: a home grown deck, cool cupboard and cellar, passive solar design, food production, rainwater harvesting and is in the process of completing the greenhouse which is connected to the bathroom. There will also be some fermented goodies to try and cultures to share.

 I'll also have the very recently published 2015 Permaculture Calendar that I create available for sale on the day for a special low price. Also available online for those of you who can't make it.

How to get to Abdallah House: 1a Abdallah Road, Seymour

From the supermarkets in the centre of Seymour, drive along Wallis St to the roundabout and turn right into High St. Continue along High St until it crosses over the railway line, then immediately after crossing the railway line turn right into Tarcombe Rd. Abdallah Rd is then the first road on the left off Tarcombe Rd, and 1a Abdallah Rd is just near the Tarcombe Rd corner.

More about the Black Market

The Black Market - a monthly local informal food exchange and "open garden". It was set up by Candi Westney and Leone Gabrielle in 2008 to encourage home-growing, swapping and low food-miles, to see each other's gardens/orchards/farms, and to share information and tips about growing, raising, preserving, sustainability, and the like. Often there is a food or growing tour, or demonstration, and, sometimes, a lunch afterwards. You can bring your own home-grown excess veggies, fruit, eggs, etc. to swap or sell, or produce you've made yourself such as preserves, bread, jam, pickles, etc., which feature home grown or local ingredients. If you don't grow or make your own, you can come to the Black Market and buy from those who do. The Black Market is also open to local people who grow commercial produce (e.g. olives, nuts) on a small scale.

Notices of upcoming Black Market venues are sent out by email. If you would like to be on the email list, or host a Black Market, contact Paul Macgregor.