The build seems to have accelerated, or maybe its just because we are starting to get to the best bits. The most exciting installation, so far, is the vertical garden. I’m going to be really mean though, and not show you a single picture yet because it is so magnificent, and the landscape artist James Halle is so talented, it has to have its very own post with lots of elaboration. Watch this space!
The shuttering has come off the ‘floating’ staircase, and although this is not a green aspect of the build it is so beautiful I just need to show it off!
The interior painting has commenced. There are loads of eco-friendly paints on the market these days. They are much lower in volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) which basically means toxic stuff our bodies don’t like. Confirm this with your paint supplier though because you won’t automatically get a low
VOC paint as there are still mixed perceptions about its efficacy. Rest assured, they are equally effective and no more expensive than traditional.
The veggie garden now has 3/5 veggie boxes installed. We are using a plastic timber product. These recycled planks are now widely available. They are 100% recycled plastic so get great green points. We lined the base with chicken mesh too keep out the moles. Galvanized rods secure the sides from bowing out. This stuff will last forever, looks attractive, is easy to install and cheaper than recycled brick options which we had considered
I was really excited to see my Trichocladus crinitus (Black Witch-hazel) in flower. This small indigenous tree is quite rare and the petal form delicate and unusual.
There are lots of eco-friendly options for insulation these days. We’ve gone with a product made from recycled plastic bottles. The recycled newspaper product was a close contender. The team on site report that the green stuff is really great to work with as it doesn’t shed prickly bits like the more traditional pink products.
The off-shutter concrete wall has had its first of two buffs and polishes. It looks fabulous. I love the industrial /contemporary aesthetic and the honesty of the material. Its a great ‘hard’ contrast to the green abundance of the garden. Very happy with how its turned out.
The Erythrina humeana (Dwarf Coral Tree) are exquisite at the moment. A really showy splash of red at the bottom of the garden.
The pool has a new rectangular shape and fits snugly into the space of the old. The reed beds are almost complete. It’s going to be great fun planting them up. I’ll be sharing much more information on how to install an eco pool. Suffice to say at this stage that the plants will do all the filtering of the water and no harsh chemicals will be required. The plants and water provide the foundation for the wetland eco-system and we look forward to the
bird, amphibian and insect life we will be attracting.
Next to the veggie garden we have two of the Baunia’s in flower at the same time. Gorgeous!
The whirly gigs are on site. Prith and Eamonn are finding them quite amusing. Definitely a first for them as they are usually found in industrial builds. We are putting them in to draw and pull up the cool air that will pass over the pond outside and into the hallway. The best way to reduce the need for air conditioning in this space.
So overall fantastic progress! And still so many of the best bits to come:
- Vertical Garden (as promised)
- Roof Garden
- Rainwater harvesting
- Eco Pool
- Veggie garden
- Worm farming
- Grey water recycling
- Solar system
- Induction geysers
- plus…plus… plus