Abdallah House
Abdallah House
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Commenced:
01/05/2008
Submitted:
02/02/2011
Last updated:
07/10/2015
Location:
1a Abdallah Road, Seymour, Victoria, AU
Website:
http://abdallahhouse.blogspot.com
Climate zone:
Warm Temperate





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Abdallah House

Project Type

Urban, Residential

Project Summary

Using permaculture ethics and design principles to tranform an old energy guzzling bungalow into a showcase of sustainable design. It's about energy cycling, building community, creatively using and reusing materials... all without spending heaps of money.

Project Description

Abdallah House - Redesigning a HOme

The original intention of the project was to find a property that affordable in the local area and to develop it into a low impact home using the permaculture design principles, taking advantage of the generous grants that were available at the time.

The property that we ended up buying had a run-down bungalow which we were thinking we could reorientate and extend onto to make solar passive. We ended up deconstructing the building and reusing what was suitable.

The original house when purchased

The original house when purchased

I worked with architect / builder Peter Lockyer with the design of the building, I wanted to apply the ideas that I had developed from years of research and observation. The building was designed for my own needs, and yet I have taken into consideration how the building could be retrofitted to make it more conventional.

After we worked out the concept, Peter gave me an idea of what the building project would cost. We worked on the budget of A$100,000, and the timeline of one year. The house was ready to move in on time and on budget, just in time for the homebirth of our second son. 

Since June 2010, when we moved in, the focus has been on developing the surrounding landscape, so that the property can harvest it's own rainwater for the food gardens, redusing our reliance on external inputs.

The street facing side of the house (southern elevation)

The street facing side of the house (southern elevation)

East elevation of house, with watertank above cellar

East elevation of house, with watertank above cellar

Northern facing living room with homegrown Red Gum deckingNorthern facing living room with homegrown Red Gum decking

Updates

Owner built finalist at the 2012 GreenSmart Awards

When you look at the competition that we were up against (and the money that industry spent) it's pretty amazing the we got as far as we did with a $100k owner built house and a two day submission timeline.

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