With a title like that, it's only fitting that these green home stories should begin in Australia, which is at the other end of the world from where I am, and that it should be a Permaculture project, which is something that I am passionate about.
You see, long before "green" became a buzz word, back when "green building" meant a house with green paint on it, the concept of Permaculture had been conceived and born on that very same continent and it was spreading and gathering momentum – and followers – in cities, suburbs, farms and villages all over the world, and it was of a much deeper shade of green than anything you hear about today.
This story takes place in the town of Seymour, 98 kilometers north of Melbourne, Australia.
It's a blog, and it's as well written as it's inspiring. What makes it innovative, too, is that each action is approached in function of a permaculture principle – so that the site is not only a record, it's also a classroom.
Without further ado, here is
ABDALLAH HOUSE: REDESIGNING A HOME
Clicking on the picture will take you there
This is what the owner and originator of the Abdallah House project has to say:
I decided to take on this project in order to apply the knowledge that I have gleaned from many years of travelling around Australia and abroad. Seven years of life in intentional community has given me the social skills and desire to engage more with my neighbours, believing that we need to reinvigorate our towns / suburbs in order to adapt to the big changes that lie ahead and make the most of life.
That sums up very well the spirit behind this family's journey. I especially like the way they have integrated into the community, at the same time as they have integrated the community into their project.
Subscribe to the blog, as I did, and you will be able to follow every fascinating twist and turn of this unique green home story as it happens.
MOVE THE STAIRS Moving a staircase? It's easy! Watch this step by step stair project how-to from top to bottom. (All puns intended!)
PILE ON THE INSULATION Looking for ways to save energy? Home insulation should be high on your list of priorities. Get the facts.
ANOTHER STAIR STORY We took out the stairs to the second floor, so now how do we get up there? A folding attic ladder supplies the answer.
TAP THE EARTH FOR WATER We prospect for water by ancient means and lo! water appears. See it happening, step-by-step.
DOWNSIZE YOUR LIFE Are you serious about reducing your impact on the environment? Start by downsizing your home! See how I did it -- and why.
LEARN ABOUT SOLAR ENERGY If you thought solar energy was only about solar panels, think again... and read this article by solar energy expert Michael Martinez.
...I clicked to your site and found a great wealth of information. I'm about the least tool oriented person there is around, but I'm passionate about many of the topics you write about. And I find the writing to be very well done and informative even for a non-handy person like me. Well done.
Dean Prague, Czech Republic
I would just like to thank you for maintaining this resource. It's essential that information about environmental issues are easily and broadly accessible.
Steve United States
Thank you so much for sharing your exquisitely well-told stories! I have spent the last 2 hours reading the whole saga, and I appreciate all of the detail that went into your decision making. I hope you are enjoying your green home with cozy surroundings and energy efficiency.
Candice Unites States
Thank you for taking the time to write down your experiences. It is truly a valuable service.
Rajiv United States
Thanks for all the info on this site, it is very thorough.
Marie United States
Very well documented and I appreciate the work and the effort you have put into this.
Hey! Just wanted to compliment you on your site! I'm a new, first time homeowner, with a dirt crawlspace and have searched for hours on how to set it up.
Living here in Montreal, and the conditions aren't easy on a house and this site sure helped to answer some questions.
Thank you for displaying your work and experience!
Have to say I absolutely love your site. Really complete, well thought out, and has me clicking from page to page...
A few years ago, I bought this fixer-upper for $10,000.
It had been vacant for six years, had no water supply, needed a new roof, and was likely to conceal an unsuspected number of nasty flaws.