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Our cover story

6 Happy mud brick home Built for a family of five at the end of the 1990s, this mud brick home has settled and aged well. The trees have grown, the gardens matured and the children left home. However, it still remains the comfortable family home they return to regularly, now with children of their own.

14 Gaps in the building industry

Removing air leakage in your home can lower bills.

20 Building diary

Approaching the end line – tiling, doors and septic.

26 Five reasons to Consider using 20

brick in your home

Thermal comfort is only one of the benefits.

Photo: Christopher Frederick Jones

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32 cob and bush pole garden shelter Creating communities through natural building.

36 Underfloor insulation

One way to affordably improve thermal comfort.

40 A feast for the soul 32

An old stone house is painstakingly refurbished. We need to rapidly reconfigure existing housing stock.

52 Earthbag wall and rocket stove Tackling projects in the backyard.

61 Findhorn – my story

Finding inspiration at a Scottish foundation.

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64 There’s no such thing as rubbish... ...only resources in the wrong place!

68 Don’t dream it’s over Photo: Roger Doudna

The time may come when you need to move on.

74 ENERGY EFFICIENT STRAW BALE HOME Continuing series – stormwater protection.

78 Yvonne’s House 61

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48 Changing households

An architectural pathway paved with earth.

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In house... Unfortunately, I am one of those people who seems to work best under pressure – I hate that it is true, but there, I’ve said it. This applies to most things I do in life, from packing for a holiday to project managing the building of our house; everything is listed and planned meticulously, but only actioned the moment before it is due! But with this being my first issue ‘solo,’ as Publisher cum Editor cum Art director, following most of the team’s retirement (please can I come with you?), I decided things would be different this time. I started a bullet journal, religiously using it each morning, during the day and in the evening, to list all the tasks I needed to do and to keep ordered notes of the myriad new processes I had to get my head around. And it worked! For about four weeks... then I lapsed back into my old habits of being distracted by any little thing that would keep me away from knuckling down and concentrating on the new skills I needed to become proficient at. Here I am, three days before going to print, with a lot of nicely laid out text but no adjusted photographs or cleaned up plans. Eek – what should I do? It is obvious, isn’t it – head on down to the beach for some fresh air... A nice diversion, but did this solve anything? Yes and no – the amount of work to do has not decreased but I am more relaxed. Since buying the business in 2003, I have prided myself on each issue of The Owner Builder being the best we could possibly produce. From a layout point of view, this was largely due to Toni. As much as I had hoped to keep this high standard up right from the beginning, I have to concede that I just don’t have the skills or experience yet, but I’m working on it (even if it is at the last minute). So what is the moral of this convoluted story? Planning is important – or else you’ll never know what you need to do – but acting on the plan is even more important. Until next issue, go forth and plan!

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Happy mud brick home Revisiting a family home first featured in 2000 By Sharyn Munro

When I last visited, back in the spring of 2000, the Richardson family had barely moved in to their passive solar mud brick home on the NSW midnorth coast. Now their three children have flown the nest, hundreds of the imagined trees and plants have gone in and grown up, the final bits of the planned building project have been made reality, and a few extras have been added. 6

Mud memories They’d had a nightmare of a time with the building of their pole-framed, stabilised mud brick house, as the weather chose eight months of rain to coincide with their project (TOB 100 Aug/Sep 2000 ‘A family affair’). It cost them time and money, caused chaos in organising tradespeople, and the bought bricks were not quite dry when laid; the subsequent shrinkage meant that the

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external walls had to be bagged, with the face bricks only able to be left to show their colours in internal walls. After all that drama the one instance of later cracking occurred early, at the top of the high wall in the main entry, but it has stayed the same – minor, no spreading or moving further. This is pretty good, given all of the original drying issues! Garry and Wilhelmina (Willie) are clearly glass-half-full people, as


they now say that in fact the contrast between the two finishes is welcome and appreciated. The bagged look is softer but the colours of the face bricks are more varied. Painful memories do fade somewhat after 16 years… And all the mud brick walls still look great, with no refinishing having been needed. This is so even on the most exposed external walls, since their initial sealing with diluted Bondcryl, then bagging with crushed mud bricks, yellow sand and Bondcryl and a final seal of diluted Bondcryl. Sellys Sealwall Bondcryl is no longer available but really these walls will likely only need redoing if chipped or knocked. However Garry and Willie are researching alternatives just in case. And even better, the whole passive solar thermal mass design works beautifully. They did not use a heater at all last winter, and, with management of airflow, the house interior is 10 degrees cooler than outside in summer.

Summer hat meets spa Along the northern and eastern faces the planned pergola has been added, of steel frame and stainless steel wires, with kiwi fruit vines gradually growing up to do their job of providing summer shade, ‘the summer hat for the house,’ as Garry put it. The pergola was always planned to turn the corner to the east but there was nowhere to connect the end wires. This was solved by the addition of a spa room on the eastern end of the house, where the main bedroom is. That addition had not been planned, so they called in their original carpenter/building consultant, Gavin Scott, to design it for them to better fit in with the original house. Of course it was coloured to match the mud walls. It has multiple benefits, apart from the therapeutic spa itself. The couple had found that their bedroom grew too warm from the morning summer sun, but now that sun hits the spa room instead, and their room stays cool. As the spa room is mostly glass, it acts like a hothouse in

winter and warms the bedroom. They replaced the original eastern window with a sliding aluminium door with steps down to the spa room, so the flow of warm or cool air is far greater. They wanted as much light and air and views of the garden and the moon and stars as possible when in the spa, but there is a limit to the unbroken expanses of glass permissible in opening windows, so they used glazed and screened aluminium doors, albeit elevated ones. Because of all the glass, they used heavy fibrous cement sheeting for its bracing abilities, and solid corners. From the spa room I can see a Mini Orb backed open outdoor shower, which I am told is much enjoyed by all in this steamy climate. As everyone must shower before entering the spa, I’m surprised that there is no direct access from there to the spa. Garry and Willie can’t recall what stopped them doing that as they’d once intended, but think it was unintended lack of space in the room itself.

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Outdoor efforts Having many mud bricks left over, and their youngest daughter planning a wedding here, the long mooted outdoor entertaining area suddenly happened. The ‘children’ and their partners all came back to help get it built in time, with 196cm tall son Glen being invaluable for laying the top rows of the mud brick rear wall. Garry and Willie had to relearn their mortar mixes, and ‘The bricks were no lighter,’ says Garry. A steel-framed, insulated metal roof over a concrete slab, a timber deck, fairy lights, outdoor fire pit ringed with mud bricks, adjacent composting loo building, and the generous white mulberry tree giving green shade to it all – and lo, the outdoor entertaining area was completed in time. The wet composting waste treatment system is working well. All wastewater from the house goes into it, as does the compost bucket of food scraps, now via this outdoor loo. It used to be put directly into the tank vent, as the compost is needed by the worms in the tank too. The system ends in a reed bed and filtration pond. It was always intended to build a loo above the tank, and this one has a whirlybird roof vent and an inline fan.

Green matters While they were building that loo they extended it to provide a new garden shed. The garden is important here, and the more recently built large steel-framed and netted enclosure now means the

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humans get to eat more than the birds or other wildlife. As Garry says, he was happy to share, but the wildlife wanted the lot. With almost as big a footprint as the house, the garden size was determined by the desire to include existing fruit trees like the cumquat, fig and loquat. Garry and Willie are gradually turning more of the vegetable beds into raised corrugated metal ones. Early on they had built the chook pen, with metal sheets dug in at the base and wire netting above, and this is now connected to the netted vegie garden. As much effort has gone into the vegetation of the 4.95ha block as into the house, but, unlike the house, this is an ongoing effort. As well as natives and decorative trees, Garry has planted pecans, macadamias and many varieties of fruit trees; he tried specially grafted almonds but they did not thrive in this humid climate. I did spot a rotatable mesh barrel full of macadamia nuts, for drying them so they will be crackable! He is gradually planting a 60 metre by seven tree row wildlife corridor to the creek, using indigenous trees and shrubs, raised or transplanted, as well as other species for bulk. Around the house area the garden plantings since 2000 soften the lines and shade parts like the original rammed earth shed. A timber retaining wall has been added at the rear, below which gravel drainage lines are about to be unified and covered with more decorative stones. As we walk around


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Interior beauty Inside looks as great as ever, with the northern clerestory and ample windows lighting up the warm terracotta/peach of the unbagged walls, the rich glow of the contrasting timbers and the oiled timber floors in the upper section (the lower slab front is tiled as a heat sink). Willie says that the winter sun eventually reaches all the way to the back wall of the upper section, and through the louvres where the glass overlaps it refracts into colours, often reflecting off other surfaces, casting rainbows in different places, tracking the sun’s progress.

The floor was oiled and then finished with burnishing oil; it does show any drops of moisture, says Willie, but overall they are happy with it. The benchtops come up well when redone, an easy process. There is more timber panelling – cypress and hoop pine – than I remembered, but the cool blue bathroom I do recall, with its elegant glass block curved shower wall. Other cheaper and more owner builder manageable alternatives to plasterboard and tiles for large surface covers were Mini Orb ceilings and Laminex panels, especially in wet areas. Willie points out that the blue and brown mottled tiles for the wet area floors have proved a good choice, not showing dirt as much as plain tiles would. The steps down from the upper bedroom/bathroom/hall level seem more grand than their size would warrant, with their timber topped curved wall and small landing. Willie and Garry have Gavin Scott to thank for such ideas, as in the curved main entry. They did mean more work, but worth it for such lastingly pleasurable results!

Opposite: The outdoor entertaining area made use of leftover mud bricks and includes a timber deck, fire pit and composting toilet. Steel framed and netted garden enclosure. This page: Clerestory and large northern windows bathe the mud bricks and timber in a warm golden glow. Curved glass brick shower enclosure in the cool blue bathroom.

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G ‘Lining up with Gavin was probably the best thing that happened to us,’ says Willie. They have no regrets about the final design or the way the house works for their lifestyle, but that’s mainly because they had spent 20 years thinking and planning what they wanted. They love the flow-through of air in the house and all the rooms, making the most of being sited on a rise. One of the criteria for choosing the block was that it be on a north-facing slope, more for growing ‘anything and everything’ than building. ‘We didn’t account for the lack of water,’ says Garry, the main grower and replacer of trees after dry spells! The couple say how much they look forward to coming home to this house after work, about half an hour’s drive away. It is indeed a welcoming place, and the plantings greatly add to the oasis feeling. For me both house and garden emit an air of being cherished, cared for and committed to. When I revisited, their elder daughter Laura was staying, with talkative small son Liam and smaller daughter Kalea; Liam acted as my little shadow, pointing out things I ought to notice or know

H about the house and yard. I did name that first article, ‘A family affair’ as all the thenkids participated in the building. It clearly still remains a happy family affair. u Sharyn Munro is an author and regular contributor to The Owner Builder. She lived for decades in her own solarpowered owner built mud brick cabin on her wildlife refuge in the NSW Upper Hunter mountains. Now she lives in the Manning Valley. www.sharynmunro.com

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STRAW BALES

Supplier of straw especially suitable for house builds

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‘Drafting your design or helping to create it. A holistic service that gets you started.’ New homes, alterations and additions. Permaculture consultants. BASIX, bushfire, zoning and flooding assessments. Based in Newcastle, servicing the Hunter Valley and surrounds. Our designs don’t cost the earth! Contact Natalie Allan. Ph/fax: 02 4967 3641. Mob: 0409 126 353 Email: terraprima@bigpond.com

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NSW

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Building Designers carry out a broad range of roles, including pre-design services, site analysis, schematic design, design development and contract documentation. 03 9416 0227

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NSW

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• Design and drafting • Consulting and project management Want to build your own dream earthen or recycled material, sustainable and/or off the grid home? We can assist with all aspects of the project from concept design through to supervising the construction and sourcing materials. 18 years design and 4 years project management experience. Hands-on familiarity with straw bale, traditional heavy timber framing and Hempcrete.

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For help with the selection and use of appropriate natural materials, consultation, or peer review, that draws upon decades of experience. email: graeme@ecodesign.co.nz

LOG BUILDERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NZ www.logbuildingnz.org.nz

SA

www.cedarandlime.com

NZ

Helping to foster log building in NZ; courses, newsletters, conferences and house tours. PO Box 56, Rai Valley, 7145, New Zealand secretary@logbuildingnz.org.nz

Mob: 0428 766 874. Email: jamie@hbds.com.au

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NZ

NZ

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www.adobesouth.co.nz

Specialising in natural lime renders, polished plaster finishes, float and set, spray render, straw bale feature walls, pizza ovens, polystyrene projects. BLD 252057 Ph: 0418 223 335, email: richard@cedarandlime.com

SA

G.W. WITTMANN & ASSOC.

Consulting Structural Engineers

Designer, earth and straw bale building, adviser to owner builders, consents and project facilitator. Iain E. Redfern. Whangarei Ph 09 436 4040, 027 490 2324

EARTH BUILDING ASSOCIATION OF NEW ZEALAND www.earthbuilding.org.nz

Structural calculations, footing design and documentation for council approval within South Australia. Phone: 08 8352 7764

Keep in touch with earth building in NZ. Quarterly magazine, contacts and advice. PO Box 1452, Whangarei NZ www.facebook.com/earthbuilding

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HOUSE OF BALES

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THE LAST STRAW JOURNAL thelaststraw.org

Experienced straw bale builder, consulting, building supervisor, owner builder assistance, spray rendering. Licence BLD 48998 08 8555 4223, sabale@bigpond.com

SA

BOHDAN DORNIAK & CO. P/L www.bdcoarchitects.com.au

Environmentally sustainable architectural design, specialising in straw bale and alternative construction. Building Supervisor Licence BLD6482. ph 08 8344 8170, Bohdan@bdcoarchitects.com.au

QLD

studioGREEN architects

www.studiogreen.com.au

Design firm specialising in cost effective design solutions, alternate building methods and helping owner builders. Call Kurt on 0434 884 633

QLD

PETER TOROK

Rendering, Carpentry Supply of earth and lime renders, applied over straw, brick, gyprock, pumped or by hand. Tadelakt, cob pizza ovens, pump hire. Ph 0411 304 794, torokenterprise@me.com

NZ

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