I regularly get asked “how many solar panels should I install?” The answer is simple: As many as you possibly can. Here’s why. Solar panels are now incredibility cheap, costing about $1 per Watt or $5,000 for a 5kW system. Over the warranted 25 year life of the system, the electricity generated costs only aboutRead More
When talking about solar energy or efficient houses I often get asked whether I am installing batteries. At this stage, though my house and solar system are battery ready, I’m not installing batteries as they are of neither cost or environmental benefit to me. This doesn’t however mean they don’t suit others and I wantedRead More
Often I’m asked why builders make certain decisions, where occasionally there are more cost-effective, or better quality measures. To these types of questions, I always explain that the decision made is based on the motivation of the builder within the particular contract – I’ll give some examples within this post.Read More
Whitehouse Concepts recently completed an extension with a twist; being that is was actually an apartment! That’s right, extensions aren’t just for houses and if the building structure is right, you can also do extensions to apartments. The process in which you go about these extensions is quite different to a house because there is a body corporation involved, but the rewards outweigh the extra hassle as apartments are typically smaller with limited outside area and any extension work adds immediate value.Read More
With any old house there is always the age old question of whether to Reno or Demo. Having recently just demolished an older house, I thought I’d share my thoughts on why we chose to do what we did, but also the situations where a good renovation would also do the trick.Read More
Whether you’re making a new year goal to buy or build a house, just got into a new house, or were one of the unfortunate ones that was sure you’d be in before Christmas but missed out – we look at how the timeframes involved in buying or building a house are often under estimated.Read More
Flooding is one of the most devastating phenonmenons in the world, and is the most frequent hazard compared to other natural hazards such as droughts, fires, and earthquakes. With most Australians living on the coast, and about 40% of NSW’s coastline vulnerable to recession under sea level rise  – we look at how flooding (exacerbated by climate change) affects the Illawarra and housing.Read More
So as of yesterday, the sale of our home is official and I’m able to go over the complete numbers and journey from start to finish. The project was conceived over 3 years ago now, but it only feels like yesterday when I started researching.Read More
There was a recent article in the Illawarra Mercury¹ about a proposed development in the Thirroul area (not my design), that stirred a community uproar as they feared the effects of coastal erosion and impact the development could have on access and views from the neighbouring public reserve.
Examining this house provides a good opportunity to explain the role of designers in residential design, and the magnitude of policies and regulations that we need to be aware of and conform to for every house.
Recently in the media, there has been a lot of backlash about a “smashed avo” article and housing affordability for young people. This post examines what the housing affordability issues are, as well as the perspectives of various generations on the same issue to ask this question -when is it the best time to buyRead More