Earthy shit – The humble practice of composting

Composting our poo & wee is largely about self-responsibility. Our choice to use composting systems for our build was simple. In terms of the environment our choice to compost alleviates dependency on an ever increasing demand for council infrastructure, which still use archaic systems of wastewater management. That rely on…

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Building a Roundhouse in New Zealand

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Our roundhouse design is complete! Designed as an alternative solution to New Zealand code, although designed to code (the joy of bureaucracy) which took around 8 months, longer than anticipated. The adage to always allow extra time & money when building is certainly true, in our case delays were not…

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Moving forward – with an “affordable home”

Finally,  after what seemed like insurmountable valleys limiting our ability to move forward with the design stage of our home, we reached the peak. Working alongside an engineer and a pragmatic creative daughtsman thrilled to be designing an alternative solution. We are required to use a structural engineer and  Geo-tech…

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Challenges ahead

Our 15 year old Jaia Yurt is up. Unfortunately we couldn’t get it to an ideal standard to house our family over winter.  In the meantime we enjoy staying over in the weekends, each time learning more about the place we call home and how to live here as low…

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Building a home – more than a destination

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While the opportunity to build a home could be viewed as the intended outcome. Unbeknown to us, when the winds of change moved us in the direction to self build a home  we were taken on a journey, beyond its original intention. Our vision, became  a vehicle to  forge new…

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