Sustainable home open for ideas and tips

BUILDING on last year's success, the May family's eco-home will again be open to the public for Sustainable House Day.

Showcasing 12 months of progress, Pam and Matthew will share their dream home, which is located between Keppoch and Padthaway, this Sunday and again on September 14.

The earth covered limestone house uses solar passive heating and cooling, and has been constructed from recycled and renewable materials where possible.

Its construction is almost complete and features an amazing stone floor that resembles rockpools at the seaside, as well as double glazed windows and grey-water recycling combined with a composting toilet.

Their extensive organic garden planned on permaculture principals, greenhouse for sub-tropicals and temperate orchard are becoming established and Pam has a wealth of experience in growing, tending, harvesting and storing foods.

Her self sufficiency articles are published in Grass Roots magazine and she is well known for her beautiful wildlife paintings of SE native animals.

The property has been featured in the previous and current issues of The Owner Builder and signed copies will be available on the open days.

Everyone is welcome to visit their 500-acre heritage listed property called "Stringybark Sanctuary" between 10am and 4pm this Sunday or on the following Sunday.

Tim Joyner will lead a workshop on tool sharpening for Father's Day and Diana Swann will speak on wicking beds at the first open day this weekend.

Visitors can enjoy displays on self sufficiency essentials like basic cheese making, food dehydration and bottling, and plant propagation throughout the weekends.

Matthew and Pam will offer tours of their garden and home, while asking any relevant questions for their own implementation of sustainable ideas.

The tours and a display of Pam's artwork will be available for a gold coin donation on either day.

For more information contact 8765 6116, or visit the Sustainable House Day website.

Sustainable House Day is celebrated throughout Australia, with over 150 rural and city properties showcasing ideas for sound ecological lifestyles.

Some homes have been designed to use the natural elements and remain at livable temperatures without the excessive use of power, while others have been retrofitted with energy saving ideas.

Many of those who enjoy the benefits of such design choices practice other sustainable living practises - growing and storing food, generating power with from renewable resources or making carbon conscious decisions.