A collection of Havilah House plans.
- Havilah House Plan – September 2010 (PDF) 3.2 MB
- Havilah House Plan – JPG (JPG) 290 KB
- Havilah House Plan – TIFF (TIFF) 2.8 MB
These notes are for Kars the Architect who has helped me plan the interior of some of the rooms in my home, I hope these photos will give Kars a feel for where I live and what I like.
I feel its important to have different spaces and regions within a home, and these areas should interconnect with each other. Homes should also offer spaces where people can retreat and get some solitude, or where different groups of people can gather and not interfere with each other.
I’m situated on 2 acres close to town, (2km from town) this often annoys me when it’s noisy, but on the other hand I am 2 minute from the centre or town.
These notes and photos are mostly about Havilah House where I live, a few of them were taken elsewhere and included simply because I like the style or feeling evoked – for example the corrugated fence photos were taking in Mooloolaba.
I live amongst those mountains, the two smallest hills situated close together on right hand side, these are called the Coochin Twins (north and south) I can see the side of one of them from my garden and from my kitchen
This is one of my favourite spots in the home, I often sleep out here on a daybed which overlooks the garden.
This lovely photo taken from my dining room, the photo looks directly into the TV Room, where I have two day beds, and to the right you can see the lounge, the lounge overlooks the swimming pool, one day I hope to remove the two lounge windows and replace them with sliding door which open onto a timber deck which then overlooks the garden and swimming pool.
Our lounge and dinning room get rearranged quite often,
Queenslander homes get very cold in winter, we have been having problems with the fire recently, it no longer vents very well.
The Music Room is an ongoing project, I still have not finished it, but I know it will be lovely room (rooms) someday.
This a corrugated iron fence I would likes something like this along my front border.
This is another example of a corrugated iron fence
This is a passion fruit pergola made out of cut trees and reinforcing iron ( the iron grid the place in concrete) works just fine.
My electricity bill for the past 3 perhaps 4 years has been about $700 a quarter, ( thats $175 dollars each month), a lot of money for warm baths and TV.
We’re a large family of 6 and looking at the website usage estimate $700 seems reasonable for a fridge, swimming pool pump, 5 bedroom home with electric hot water so I had little choice given that ongoing warnings the electricity supply costs are set to increase manually.
Installers measuring up
The system I choose was provided by Tru Value Solar (TVS) they seem to have a good reputation, and each time I called them that had a different Investor on offer, and the longer I left my purchase the cheaper the overall cost. There were incentives and grants which I missed out on (I think) and my system cost me $3999, however on a 36 month installment plan it works out at a few dollars short of $5000 which spread over 36 months is about $64 dollars a fortnight.
So I left the installers at home to do their thing and I must say I was very impressed with the whole installation when they called me to say it was complete.
The Bosch’s BPT-S 4.6 alongside my existing distribution board
Above, my distribution board before installing PV Solar
This is the complete install, I am quite happy with what I got, but its not quite yet complete at this stage, it gets connected on the 9th of February 2016.
So that the first part of my install, I will let you know how it goes in a month or two.
Before I forget here is the type of Panel I’m using with this Solar Panel Setup.
Hanwha Solar HSL60P6-PC-1-260
I recently spent all of December 2015 in South Africa and while I was there I was once again convinced that Architecture is much more of an influence on society and upon our emotional and psychological well being than we give due credit to.
So for example if we look at something as simple as fire, which families, friends and communities have gathered around for 1000’s of years, we see how different cultures have responded to the fire, in colder countries the fire has been taken indoors, in warmer countries the fire has been taken outdoors.
In South Africa, at Scotty’s home, where we enjoyed 2 weeks of our holiday in their guest cottage and I was introduced to ‘Scotty’s Boma’. He built it out of Gum Tree timber, and in the centre of the boma he has a fire pit, around which he and his family and guests congregate. It’s sheltered from the wind and feels private because of the tree overshadowing the Boma above. Inside the Boma you are protected from the wind although the rough hewn timber logs leak enough air to feel open and protected. It has a sandy floor, – most probably Umgeni Sand from the Umgeni River in Durban.
Needless to day I was impressed and almost immediately made up my mind that I wanted one, not only because I love talking with my friends and family, but also because I believe the most interesting homes support a variety of activities and environments which should all work towards enhancing and developing strong relationships.
Scotty’s Boma – December 2015
I notice that interesting homes are often a ‘rabbit warren’ of interlinking environments, so for example you might walk in at the entrance (electric gate), and you have the choice of following the driveway to the garage and guest cottage further along or you can turn to the left, cross over the fishpond and enter the front garden courtyard, with statues hidden amongst green foliage. You can now enter the front door, or you might choose to walk along the far side of the house to the swimming pool and patio – verandah at the back or you can step on to the veranda in the font and walk through the front door, through the home to the kitchen at the back of the home. The kitchen is the centre of the home and links nicely to the dinning room alongside or instead you can step out on the rear veranda which overlooks a lovely blue pool. Now you have a few more choices, you can turn to the right and onto the driveway which would give you three more choices, you could continue forward into the pool area, or you could go back to the gate or down the right side of the garage to the back garden or you could go into the garage. …… if this interests you read my next post.
Here is another link which shows how you can build a Fire Pit. As for me I love the idea of enclosing the fire pit in a Boma. I have found a suitable location underneath the mango tree which make good use of our rear garden, but remains close enough to the house to be easily accessable.
Anyone who has owned property and a home knows that sooner or later you need to choose a place to store materials and equipment, and if you delay the choice, the materials and equipment will choose a place of their own.
It’s with this in mind that I consider the past 12 or 13 years that I have lived in this home and I consider that if I were to do it all again I would build a “Stockpile Enclosure” or a ‘Materials Store’.
I’m not entirely certain what it’s called but it’s metal or timber fencing, about 6 foot tall and about 5 meters x 5 meters with a double or single door gate. It’s surround by shrubbery or granadilla or scented vines, and its used to store all the things you collect but don’t plan to use immediately.
So for example when moved into this property there were garden beds everywhere surrounded by large rocks and boulders, I foolishly move the rocks and boulders off the property, however looking back I should have stored them in a huge pile alongside the ‘Stockpile Enclosure’ and used them to build something.
I could easily cite a number of other examples of piles of hardwood timber and corrugated sheeting which would find a temporary home in the ‘Stockpile Enclosure’.
Recently a friend of my offered my his Cabin, its located in Mount Mee, so if I accept I will need to dismantle, relocate and then rebuild it on my property.
These are some photos I took of the property in 2014 when we first went up to look at his cabin.
Cabin in Mount Mee
The family examining the Cabin in April 2014
One of the problems I face is where would I locate it, It would be helpful if I had a detailed landscape plan for my property so that I can map out the way the property develops.