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Stylius says

@adriantry I study architecture and my teachers always tell us to design houses that don’t need air conditioners. It is always better to spend a little bit more in good materials or even planting a tree near a window for shade if necessary than using air conditioners. Again, I don’t know about the weather down there, but in a Mediterranean climate it is possible to build a comfortable house which doesn’t need climate conditioners. But I understand what you mean, I see that the materials in Australia are much more expensive than here in Spain, probably it is cheaper to go the way you did.

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dekurvajo says

@adriantry I study architecture and my teachers always tell us to design houses that don’t need air conditioners. It is always better to spend a little bit more in good materials or even planting a tree near a window for shade if necessary than using air conditioners. Again, I don’t know about the weather down there, but in a Mediterranean climate it is possible to build a comfortable house which doesn’t need climate conditioners. But I understand what you mean, I see that the materials in Australia are much more expensive than here in Spain, probably it is cheaper to go the way you did.

+1 same opinion here.

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simaudio says

My son is very keen to get into his room, so is making many trips to the hardware to experiment with materials for plugging the gaps between the wall and slab. He has chosen expanding foam, and has almost finished the job.

Good choice as this is also flexible.

Great thread and thanks for the updates, been following this one with much interest.

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onlycreativeworks says

Great office, congratulations! :)

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adriantry Staff says

@Stylius and @dekurvajo. I agree in principle. Our original plan was to build a wooden office with a raised wooden floor. I think this would have looked better, been friendlier to the environment, and been cooler to work in.

Our climate looks similar to yours in Spain, though that’s difficult to tell without living in both countries. I just spent half an hour raking some dirt smooth around the office, and I found the ground too hard to stand on without hopping around. (I wasn’t wearing shoes.) And the sun was beating down on me until I was covered in sweat. It’s a warm afternoon. ;)

Here is the building we initially planned to build – either one office this size, or two a little smaller:

But this would have cost twice as much, and after renovating our bathroom and kitchen – and both jobs cost more than we budgeted for – we decided it was time to save money, and found that a metal structure was much cheaper.

But cost wasn’t the only factor. Here are some other things that influenced our decision:
  • Forum member “Australia” lives not too far away from me. He uses a Colorbond shed similar to mine as an office, and finds it good as long as it is air conditioned.
  • My son recently moved into a home with an outside office. It is lined and insulated and superior to mine in every way. But it’s not air conditioned, and it’s too hot to work in during summer.
  • Every office I have ever worked in in Queensland has been air conditioned, and was too hot to work in unless the air conditioner was on.

We always planned to install an air conditioner in the wooden office if we built it. I don’t think it’s possible to survive without one during our summer.

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adriantry Staff says

Hi Catch22


I’m doing EXACTLY the same thing this year. 7×3m. One end with a completly sound proofed vocal booth for recording.

Any progress on your new studio?

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adriantry Staff says

Hi again Joanne


Wow, that was fast! Looks like the lie of your land means that you could lead the run off water into a flat 500litre water tank round the side of your building. Very useful for watering the rest of your garden for drier times… (or don’t you get any dry days?) Maybe plant some water loving flora like banana trees and papaya to keep the palm trees company :)

I love the idea of a water tank, though it will have to wait. And I think you’re right – we need to plant something to replace what the bobcat took away. :)

We get plenty of dry days here. The lawn is usually brown – or just dirt. Then all the rain comes at once. We’re starting to put some thought into how we’ll landscape the area, including what we’ll do with plants and gardens.

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adriantry Staff says

Just an aside ( as you know we run a AC business ) if you nip onto Energex website, check out Peak Smart. If you opt for a compliant AC, that is listed on Energex site, you get $250.00 back. Do not go for the Fujitsu in this case, as its a PITA to fit the peak smart, and some of the ac’s dont have the required board fitted, meaning you must wait for their support tech to retro fit. Panasonic, would be the go. Peak Smart can be fitted in 5-10 minutes ! Need help, gimme a shout :)

Hi Australia. My wife bought some inexpensive 2.5W air conditioners some time ago. We thought the electricians were going to install them for us, but that didn’t work out. They did install the power switches for them though. Would you be interested in quoting on finishing the job?

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adriantry Staff says

looking great so far :) ecept for the mud holes etc

Thanks! I sorted the mud holes the other week when it was flooding. I stood out in the pouring rain for almost an hour, watched where the puddles were forming, and dug channels to direct the water away from the building. I used the dirt from the ditches to build up the ground around the doors.

The fact I did it while it was raining hard was a real plus. I could make sure I dug the ditches just deep enough to run off the water, and once it started running, erosion helped make them a bit deeper. :)

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adriantry Staff says

Great thread and great idea!
Sincerely working/living/sleeping in the same room is becoming like a jail. It’s almost a year that I’m here on my own and would be great to have a workspace like this.

It has become a lot like working in a jail, LCweb. I hadn’t realised how much it has been effecting my productivity. I feel like I’m always in the same place. And because I work and relax in the same room, it’s hard to maintain boundaries between the two.

Today or tomorrow I’ll start moving my furniture to the new office. I’ll let you know how much difference it makes. :)

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