Thursday, March 22, 2012
New cabinetry where originally intended in the Living Room
New Dining Room cabinetry in clear hoop pine ply.
New sideboard to Kitchen breezeway with detailing to match kitchen - clear and stained hoop pine plywood.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The house has passed the test in summer, without airconditioning, thanks to cool breezes and thermal mass. Mosquitos and other blood-suckers which share the riverfront site with its human residents have driven the need for insect screening.
A new, enhanced landscape plan is underway and the recycled (concrete and brick) gravel driveway at the front of the house will be replaced with a hard surface so that the youngest resident has somewhere to ride his bike and throw a ball.
Additional storage is being added - a necessity for a full, family house.
The river level subterranean Media Room has become a weekend home for a friend who works out of town. The lower level was designed so it could operate as a separate dwelling as needed.
The slot of sunlight from the Dining Room above and the corner window provide sufficient daylight - so much so that the ceiling slot is covered for morning sleep ins.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Here are some other photos from the owners at the height of the flood and soon after....
Brisbane River water slowly clouding up clean pool
View from terrace out past pool to river
Door to lower hallway, protected with ply, plastic and sandbags
Protection to lower bedroom door and window
Lower bedroom from hallway
Many have asked how the house survived so well in the floods. The lower floor was always designed with the assumption that flooding would occur at some point. Here are some of the design considerations which assisted:
- There was no built-in furniture downstairs (most vulnerable to flood damage).
- Most walls are of rendered blockwork with cement render and limewash finish which is extremely durable and when cleaned down as the waters subsided was virtually unmarked.
- The small amount of lightweight walls (only 2 in this level) had recycled hardwood framing (very dimensionally stable) and was sheeted in Powerscape which is a highly water resistant plasterboard alternative (and very high recycled content). Paint finish to these walls was water-based acrylic which cleaned down easily – only minor damage was where water got under the enclosed stair and its pressure caused one small corner of the paintwork to lift off.
- The internal doors were veneered solid core doors and on one of the doors, the ply started to delaminate, though this damage is far less than would have occurred if the doors had been typical hollow core construction with a cardboard core and mdf outer.
- The stair was solid timber so would have swelled with moisture but has dried out now.
- Floors are all of polished concrete so very easy to clean
Saturday, January 15, 2011
For more flood photos, see my picassa photo sitePlants are growing crazily with the huge rain and new desposits of silt.
Monday, November 8, 2010
The plunge pool is minimal in size due to site constraints (riparian zone at river bank and narrow block) and environmental considerations. It uses an efficient pump/filter system. With galvanised reinforcing and a thicker than normal concrete shell using recycled additives of fly ash and reactive magnesium, the pool is built for durability. It is finished internally with a pebble coating of local stone (minimal transport costs) which is long-lasting and easy to clean. At night, the pool is lit with locally-made LED lights.
The 15,000L (approx) pool is filled and topped up with rainwater and a flexible and moveable outlet hose allows flexible distribution of waste water over the garden area.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
The new residents are settling into the house, adjusting to the change from a grand old Queensland to a sleek new home, and finding places for their belongings. Some technology glitches are being ironed out but the garden has been well watered with all the recent rain, the tanks are full and the owners are enjoying their new space.
The front garden's strawberries which fruited at completion of construction are fruiting again, much to the delight of the local bush turkeys and the owners' son.
The water tank beneath the courtyard is full and ready to be used on the garden and pool when the weather dries up.Mint and native violets are filling up between the pavers outside the Laundry and Kitchen.The pool is enjoyed for a dip after kayaking on the river.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Thank you to everyone involved.Emma receiving award from sponsor Daniel Strebel from Geberit