In 2015 on St Valentine’s Day Mandy & I bought at auction this 1940’s three bedroom weatherboard home on 1600 square meters of land. We have now found out that it was built in 1932 by Baden Badcock. Our electrician found a note written on the gable facing in pencil.
It needs some TLC to bring it up to scratch. The reasons why we bought it are:
- Retrofitting existing housing stock is far more sustainable than building new.
- Rear faces north for solar gain
- Generous bedroom sizes. 3.5 x 3.5 meters each room
- All with built in wardrobes
- Good size north/ east facing kitchen/dining. 3.5 x 7.5 meters
- Large 6m x 12m double garage
- Weatherboard construction, lined with tongue and groove hardwood planking
- Pressed tin ceilings
- 3 meter high ceilings
- Backs onto Council park
- One block to shops
- Flat land
We bought it at under the reserve price and thus have a budget to do the following to make it a comfortable rental.
- Insulation in the roof. There is none !!
- New roof and gutters/downpipes
- Another kitchen
- New bathroom
- Heat transfer kit
- Pelmets and curtains
- Clean up gardens and restore.
The main problems to resolve are.
- Condensation on the large thermally inefficient aluminium windows that were installed in the 80’s
- Transfer of heat from the woodstove in the lounge to the south facing bedrooms
- To let more light into the north end of the house
- Kitchen replacement
- Bathroom rebuild
On the sustainable side we are going to do the following to make the tenants life more comfortable and to save them money on their bills
- R4 Earthwool batts in the roofspace (see roofspace post for more details)
- R.5 thermal blanket on roof instead of builders paper.
- Insulate in bathroom walls and under the bathroom floor
- Install low water use shower head and toilet
- LED lighting throughout
- Solar exterior lighting
- Thermal backed curtains and pelmets
- Zero VOC paints used internally
- Install recycled secondhand kitchen
- Remove all galvanised plumbing and replace