Eco Home Style is a blog about building a modest but stylish passive solar house in Perth. This blog started as a way of sharing my journey with my friends. But now it’s my hope that by sharing this experience, you will gain more insight into the building process and know what to watch out for.
Why we decided to build
Somewhere where we wouldn’t freeze in winter and swelter in summer. A place that we wouldn’t be too embarrassed to invite people over to. And a place where we can invite friends to stay the night, or longer.
Our old house had one liveable room – the lounge. It had one reverse-cycle air conditioner, which meant that often the lounge was the only comfortable place in the house. It was starting to feel like a jail.
We briefly considered renovating and extending, but decided that we wanted to start afresh, and the layout of the house would make it very difficult to extend.
Ever since my early uni days, I’d decided that if I were to build a house, it would be a passive solar design, as it doesn’t make sense to me to design something that doesn’t take advantage of the local environment, and I’m all for lower energy bills.
We also want to include rainwater tanks, grey water recycling, and more solar panels. Again, it doesn’t make sense to me to not capture the water falling free from the sky, or to not divert grey water into the garden, especially on this dry continent of ours.
We’re also fortunate that one of our good friends is an award-winning landscaper, and he’s offered to design our gardens and help with the work. I’m almost more excited about that than I am about the house!
Who we are building with
Who we are
When I started this blog, I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do with it. The initial intention was to capture the progress of the build, but it’s kind of morphed into a tool that will also allow me to explore and solidify our design decisions, share our experiences with our friends, and share some building tips with other people who want to build.
So welcome to my blog! The main players are:
Trixee – that’s me. I enjoy cocktails by the pool, have a fondness for chocolate, and am pining for our house to be built so I can get a dog. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr Trixee – the love of my life. He enjoys his toys, is technologically gifted, and indulges my whims. Anything fancy on this blog is probably his doing.
I hope you enjoy reading my ramblings, I’d love to read your comments!