, we've got no regrets really, other than that we would never have called one particular contractor when we needed help after someone rammed up the back of my car and totalled it mid-build, which caused my old back injury to flare up. He did a shoddy job we had to go to court over, and he's the prime suspect in a building site burglary that cost us a lot of money (tools weren't covered by insurance, and we didn't realise this). This guy had form - a lot of people came out of the woodwork to tell us about theft, assault, intimidation etc after similar experiences with him, when it got around what had happened at our place. He had a fishing knife to one woman's throat etc, and left a suitcase full of sex toys on her doorstep. At our place, he hung my underwear (from the rag bin) up all over the house, slashed our mattress and poisoned the horse food (but I noticed, so didn't feed it out). We were still living in town at that stage and commuting to the build. After that, we moved on-site into a caravan a neighbour loaned us. In the gap, a retired neighbour moved onto our property with his own caravan and a shotgun, to make sure he didn't come back and do more damage.
We do have a greywater system. Because we have compost toilets, there's no blackwater; all the greywater collects in a tank we can pump from; else it goes into a French drain which has bottlebrushes etc planted against it, and when we don't pump it, these plants use it directly. We used to use the greywater to flood sections of lawn, but since we had a bore installed two years back, we're letting the bottlebrushes have the greywater. And for what it's worth: Pumping greywater is illegal too, but lots of environmentally conscious Australians ignore that. The main thing is not to aerosolise it - use it for flooding, or in large-droplet sprinklers.
Constructing the Rubble Trench - Strawbale House Build in Redmond Western Australia
by Brett and Sue Coulstock
, on Flickr
Completion of Rubble Trench - Strawbale House Build in Redmond Western Australia
by Brett and Sue Coulstock
, on Flickr
You can see the tank lid here - in another life I want to pretty it up with a sunflower mosaic:
You're still a house designer and owner-builder, just like us!
We just used less contractors than you did - mostly because straw is more conducive to doing DIY. We did outsource the slab, the frame and the roofing. Oh and I'd love to see your floor plan / elevations - ours are back here: https://www.horseforum.com/member-jo...post1970635935
, yes, I do understand what you mean and that makes sense. I think it's a big problem with centralisation everywhere - you get people a long way removed from a situation making the rules, when they aren't in a good position to do it, but they always think they are... Having now earnt my RuthB EP reward, by the way, I'll let you know how her other songs go for me, when I've been in iPod-land a while. ANOTHER GRASS ROOTS LETTER
One of the Grass Roots Feedback
characters, John Chester, has featured in this journal before when he wrote me a classic letter in response to a big rant I had in Feedback
GRs often exchange letters / emails, so I replied to him the next time I did a batch of snailmail, which turned into a general sendout of Eucalyptus citriodora
leaves as scratch-and-sniff (heavenly scent!), with jokes about the upcoming federal election etc. Well, today Brett came home brandishing an envelope which he said was totally bonkum. I said, "Oh, that's just John Chester being creative!" That's his style in Feedback as well. He's 70 and lives in a caravan in Hopetoun, about an hour from us. Turns out he's a horse-person and had a few horse anecdotes in his letter. I've also attached his unusual envelope art!