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Six eco-friendly tips to building your dream Scenic Rim home BY N I KKI H O BBS , HOBBS BUILDING & INTERIORS

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Design is king (not necessarily cash)

Partnering with a mindful builder’s designer or architect is one of the biggest build decisions you’ll make (and we can help you here). Passive design, including the orientation of your home, thermal mass elements (such as polished concrete or stone walls) and the placement of windows and doors are crucial in achieving an energy efficient home. Understanding compliance requirements such as wind, bushfire attack level, and off-grid components at the deisgn stage is also helpful.

Colour palette consciousness

Living in South East Queensland we experience extremely high temperatures and it boggles my mind that dark roofs are in vogue. They look beautiful, however, the practicality of baking under a black tin or tile roof doesn’t sound enticing to me. Throughout the Hobbs selections process, my ‘go to’ Custom Orb colour options include Zincalume, Surfmist or Dune. We are also very interested in green garden roofs popular on high rise buildings.

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Breeze easy and add timber Avoid stifling moments which tempt you to opt for air conditioning or electric heating with ample cross flow ventilation. This can be easily achieved with expansive french doors (and fly screens), gas strut or louvre windows and sklights (such as Velux). It’s also proven that certified timbers within the home assist to create a happier and healthier environment. Choose timber or bamboo flooring, laminate timber bathroom vanities and benchtops, and DIY oven rangehood cladding, rustic shelving or picture frames.

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SCENIC ROAD MAGAZINE Spring/Summer 2018  

People. Produce. Places. Scenic Road Magazine is a boutique lifestyle publication for the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast Hinterland. This magazin...

SCENIC ROAD MAGAZINE Spring/Summer 2018  

People. Produce. Places. Scenic Road Magazine is a boutique lifestyle publication for the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast Hinterland. This magazin...