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WIN!

A two nights rural straw bale stay. See p.68

PASSIVE SOLAR in TASMANIA

Termite free timber extension

Straw bale flood repairs Self-sufficient earthbag home Wet areas special feature

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6 COUNTRY HAVEN BUILT TO LAST

A seamless, termite-less addition to a `60s weatherboard cottage.

ISSUE Nº 169

February ­ March 2012

14 A TEENAGE TAKE ON OWNER BUILDING

A hilarious look at the process through the eyes of a 14-year old.

16 THE BIRTH OF AN EARTHBAG HOME

A first time builder in the USA designs and builds her own home for $US 6000.

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22 STONE SETTLER'S COTTAGE

The dream of building a stone cottage is still alive and well, and progressing.

25 EXPOS AND EVENTS

A wrap-up of some events over the past two months.

26 RURAL LAND SHARING CO-OPERATIVES

Have you considered this as an alternative to freehold land and a mortgage?

28 GREEN RENOVATION

Part 6: All dressed up. Decks and fencing.

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32 OWNER BUILDER INERTIA

The path from `armchair builder' to `down and dirty' can be taken in small steps.

35 EARTH BUILDING UPDATE

Earth Building Association of New Zealand (EBANZ) Conference, October 2011.

38 PASSIVELY AND PATIENTLY SOLAR

Concrete block and Ecoply cladding combine with large glass windows for solar access.

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48 SPECIAL FEATURE: WET AREAS

Bathrooms, toilets, laundries and mud rooms ­ as you have never seen them before!

60 STRAW BALE BUILDING UPDATE

After the flood ­ straw bale wall repair in Emerald, Qld.

70 BUILDING DIARY...

Roofing, rocking and body wrecking ­ a lesson in moderation.

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With two other building projects under their belts, these owner builders were glad to complete their own home. Story starts page 38. Photo: Lynda Wilson.

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SUSTAINABLE DESIGN PRINCIPLES IN ACTION

Eco town houses Straw bale working bee Extensions to a mud brick home Food storage solutions

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6 ENDURANCE

The story of two women and two (more) buildings.

ISSUE Nº 170

April ­ May 2012

16 UPDATING A MUDDY

A small 1980s mud brick house is given a spacious Hebel extension.

23 ECO TOWN HOUSES IN THE CBD

A small sustainable development close to the Perth CBD, being undertaken by two couples.

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29 STRAW BALE BUILDING UPDATE

Straw bale walls and bushfires.

32 MUD HOUSE RESTORATION

A mud brick vault and dome, built in 1982, is given a little TLC.

38 TASMANIA ­ SEA TO SKY

Building a sustainable home that is also healthy was important to this couple.

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49 CREATING A NEW WAY OF BEING

CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.

55 MOUNTAIN RIVER STRAW BALE WORKING BEE

A lot can be learned by working directly on a real building project.

58 SPECIAL FEATURE: FOOD STORAGE

From keeping vermin out to ensuring contents stay in, here are a few handy solutions to your storage problems.

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68 TINY HOMES: SIMPLE SHELTER

`Small rooms or dwellings discipline the mind; large ones weaken it.' ­ Leonardo da Vinci.

74 FUTURE HOMES 2012

A new round of design challenges for students in Hunter and Central Coast Schools is about to start.

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A variety of alternative building structures, including earthbag, mud brick and straw bale, can be seen at CERES in Melbourne, Vic. Story starts page 49. Photo: Lynda Wilson

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HILLSIDE BOARD & BATTEN

DIY bamboo flooring Hemp building workshop Firepits, barbeques and ovens `Cool' building in the tropics

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6 LOCALLY MILLED, LOCALLY MADE

Hillside board and batten `tree house' on a steep slope.

ISSUE Nº 171

June ­ July 2012

15 HEMP BUILDING WORKSHOP

Participants get their hands dirty learning about hempcrete.

18 COB STUDIO AT TUMBLEDOWN

An experiment resulted in a useful little building made of mud.

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22 BUILDING WITH RE-USED MATERIALS

How can you get help with the hands-on work required for your project?

24 NIFTY RENDERING TOOL

A handheld machine speeds up the tedious job of rendering straw bale walls.

26 IT'S COOL IN THE TROPICS

Designing and building for the tropical climate of Magnetic Island.

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33 DIY BAMBOO FLOORING

Laying your own strand woven bamboo floor is easily achievable.

38 SPECIAL FEATURE: FIREPITS, BARBEQUES AND OVENS

Indoors or outdoors, there is nothing like fire to draw a crowd.

50 COB RESTORATION IN CANTERBURY, NEW ZEALAND

An original cob cookhouse is painstakingly restored, with the help of volunteers.

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57 A STRAW BALE HOUSE IN SUNRAYSIA ­ Part 2

The obstacles of owner building are finally overcome to complete a dream home.

70 BUILDING DIARY PART 5: BACK ON THE JOB

Work continues as John recovers from a badly injured back.

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Building on a slope is always a challenge, but the views over distant green paddocks and bush clad hills made it worthwhile. Story starts page 6. Photo: Sharyn Munro.

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1940s double-decker bus revival

Building a straw bale house Earthship building experience Storage solutions for around the home Extension centred around a fireplace

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6 TURNING THE OUTSIDE IN

Extensions become the fiery heart of this pole-framed home.

ISSUE Nº 172

August ­ September 2012

13 BALED UP AND RENDERED: LOOKING BACK

The first of a two-part series about two sisters building a straw bale house.

19 PLANNING AND BUILDING FOR BUSHFIRE PROTECTION

An Integrated Planning and Building Framework has been implemented in Victoria.

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20 STONE HOUSE CONSTRUCTION

A review of and extract from the newly released Australian book by Sarah Gunn.

26 THE GREEN SWING ­ CHOICE OF BUILDING MATERIALS

A development in inner-city Perth continues to test the builders' sustainable goals.

34 AN EARTHSHIP BUILDING EXPERIENCE

A one-month internship in Taos, New Mexico provided a good working knowledge.

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40 SPECIAL FEATURE: STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Window seats, cool cupboards, pantries, hints and tips.

48 REVIVAL OF A 1949 DOUBLE-DECKER BUS

An old bus is salvaged from rust and converted into accommodation.

52 THESE TRADIES I AM USING ­ EMPLOYEE OR CONTRACTOR?

Understanding the difference is important for the owner builder.

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58 ENERGY SMART HOME

Reducing power waste is key to this energy efficient home.

70 BUILDING DIARY PART 6: STICKING THE STICKS TOGETHER

The long anticipated straw bale working bee becomes a reality ­ almost!

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The challenge of recovering and converting an old double-decker bus into stylish accommodation has paid off handsomely. Story starts page 48. Photo: Glenn Mc Master

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Mud brick community complex Milling your own timber

Painting and finishing a straw bale home Analysing power requirements Lifting roof trusses Building OWNER BUILDER o 173 October ­ November 2012 1 THE your own swimming pool

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6 BALED UP & RENDERED: LOOKING BACK

In part two, the sisters get on with painting and fitting out their straw bale house.

ISSUE Nº 173

October ­ November 2012

15 JIM DA SILVA FARM

A 10­bed mud brick complex, built with volunteer labour.

18 STRAW BALE WORKING BEE

A prospective owner builder's workshop and working bee experiences.

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22 HOW MUCH POWER DO WE NEED?

Analysing how much energy electrical devices use and if they are really needed.

26 SPECIAL FEATURE: FENCES

Walls of straw bale, recycled timber and metal, plus a whimsical stone creation.

32 MILLING QUALITY WOOD FROM YOUR FARM GROWN TREES

Article first published in Town & Country Farmer June/July 2011.

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35 BEAR'S CASTLE

A folly or a fairytale house, made of cob in the 19th century still survives.

38 GRECO-GIPPSLAND POURED EARTH

A boomerang shaped post and beam solar home in Victoria.

48 LIFTING ROOF TRUSSES

A home made lifting device is used to place roof trusses on a shed.

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50 A DREAM IN THE MAKING: OUR HALF BUILT SHED-HOUSE

The house design that evolved on the deck of a sailing boat becomes reality.

60 BUILD YOUR OWN SWIMMING POOL

Finished with the house, Miles Harris decided to add an owner built swimming pool.

70 BUILDING DIARY PART 7: BEE IS FOR BALES

The wall raising working bee proves to be both useful and productive.

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FRONT COVER PHOTOGRAPH This double-winged boomerang shaped house turns its back to wet and wild weather, keeping its occupants snug. Story starts page 38. Photo: Sharyn Munro

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