Monday, 29 July 2013

ERV Vents

Quick shot of the incoming and exhaust ERV vents right at the top of the house. The freshest mountain air is up here and the ERV sends it all round the house. The vents are faced in opposite direction from one another to avoid cross-ventilation. So happy with the ERV!

ERV Finally installed!

It took a year of breathing stale stale air but today at last the final essential component of this passive house was installed.

A WhisperComfort Panasonic spot Energy Recovery Ventilator (FV-04VE1) bought in the US from (great supplier!) for $310. Fresh air at long last! Feels like having all the windows open without the hot humid air of summer coming in the house. Magic! A real difference to the quality of life.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Lawn is almost ready to plant

With Prof. Fujita moving earth like a one-man bulldozer, the front garden was covered in a ton of Rick husk ash. This picture shows half of the land covered in new soil on top of the ash. Well drained and almost ready to plant the grass seed. Thank you Prof. Fujita!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

New Panorama Video from Roof-Top

Added this little spin around the landscape from the roof-top recently. It shows Prof. Fujita continuing working on the lawn to the north and the state of the south side of the house.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Drainage and landscaping

Been laying water drainage pipes and covering up with earth ready for landscaping. Thanks to Prof. Fujita!

Friday, 5 April 2013

Front Garden on the Way to Becoming a Lawn

This morning Professor Fujita helped with removing the stone and rubble from the front garden. Grass seeds I bought from the UK will soon been sown in time for Spring!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

The Wall

No, not the Pink Floyd album, but the long awaited living room feature wall. Here just finished last night. Paint yet to come obviously.

Built a wall today

Spent a few hours putting this wall together today. Looking good! Be better with a coat of paint. Used fiber mesh tape and Japanese putty for the joints. Worked well.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Tile Cutter Speeds Work

The 600x600 marble effect ceramic tiles I procured months ago can finally be put to use on the window sills and bathroom walls. This thing cuts them almost effortlessly! Nice purchase from B&Q home centre in the UK (thanks Mum!).

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Paint on plywood

Trying out what a coat of paint looks like over the interior face of the plywood.

Views across the mountains

The tree cutting in November opened up a picture window view of the mountains from the dinning room.

Transformations Continue

Professor Fujita stands in front of all the hard work he has done on the south side of the house.