Archive for: February, 2015

Reconnecting

The next million minutes isn’t just about building a house for us. It really is a time to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the busy life we created, somewhat consciously but also somewhat by accident, and to connect or reconnect, whichever the case may be. Ourselves – it’s about having…

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Pumped Storage Energy

With over one hundred meters height difference and a steep valley running it’s length, there are plenty of challenges with the land but its shape also creates some interesting opportunities. A north facing hill side, continuous running water during winter and a wind tunnel effect through the valley all lend themselves to solar, hydro and wind…

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10,000 Hours

Its been suggested that you need to spend 10,000 hours to master a new skill. Based on this figure, if a person works a 10 hour-a-day job, 5 days a week for 48 weeks a year, that’s one less skill they could have mastered in their life time, every four and a half years. It would…

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The Fire

In February 2013 a fire tore through the area. Allegedly caused by a freight train that blew a bearing and trailed sparks along the track for a number of kilometers. No houses were lost thanks to the local fire brigade and heli water bombers. The land however did not fair so well. About 3 weeks later…

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The Plan

So here’s the plan. ⇒ Work for a few years and stash some cash. ⇒ Find a piece of land in a quiet location, close to nature, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. ⇒ Get the land for a good price because it’s ridiculously challenging to put a house on it. ⇒…

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The Block

The block is not your standard 50 acres. There’s well over a hundred meters vertical relief between one end and the other and a steep valley running it’s length. Many people in the area have horses or run cattle and sheep but we have only a few arable acres within the 50. Granite outcrops and steep edges make it a good home…

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The House

In order to keep things interesting we wanted a house that achieved a few unique things. Such as …. ⇒ Transportable; due to the difficulty of access, everything has to be fabricated offsite and brought in on standard road transport (maximum 2.5 meter width). ⇒ Fire resistant; the house will be under constant threat of bush…

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