Sunday, December 12, 2010
My Sustainable Home
I searched everywhere to find a home I could make sustainable. Finally I found it, an old house made of hardwood with a tin roof.
It was previously a government housing built fifty years ago and I loved the honesty and simplicity of its construction.
These older houses were also built in the middle of sizable blocks of land as it was expected after the war people would grow their own vegetables, something I am now doing here.
Louvre windows were added for cross ventilation.
The lino was taken up and the floor finished with a GREENGARD certified water based finish which was cost effective with other products. So good to have no VOCs
The surface is strong and durable but looks and feels natural, and is the first thing friends comment on when they visit.
The interior was repainted with a paint that emitted no VOC's and used no toxic pigments. Lots of plants inside as well and all natural surfaces.
Have lived here now a year and am amazed at the different energy I feel living with sustainable solutions.