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Offline Kev

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Life 2.0
« on: January 21, 2017, 04:30 AM »
We've sold our house in Sydney and we're in the middle of buying an acreage north of Noosa (Cootharaba) .. for those unfamiliar with Oz we've left the big smoke and headed ~1200km closer to the sunshine.

I'll finally have a site to build a BIG workshop and a home site that will have views to the ocean in the east and the moutain ranges to the west .. multiple damns and lots and lots of space.

We're going to be living simple for about 3 months in a rental close to our new home and in that time we'll be able to start planning and organizing our new lives. The goal is to get off the grid as much as possible for energy and food.

I'll use this thread to post updates as we progress for anyone that finds stepping out of the rat race interesting.

Please share any life change adventures - I hate making mistakes that I could have avoided by learning from others.

Offline jasen

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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2017, 06:01 AM »
Congratulations!  Sunshine Coast is a great spot and very relaxing. Looking forward to your posts

Cheers
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2017, 06:15 AM »
Ah!  You are nearly reaching the Deep North!  [big grin]  [eek]



Congratulations to you both.
Remember difficulties make the good times even better.   [smile]

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2017, 06:35 AM »
Sounds great, good luck with the life change and the Good life! Look forward to the updates.
BTW, Done it myself more than once, we left London more than 10 years ago and I sure don't miss the conjestion & rail strikes, it certainly is a life of surprises.

Offline rizzoa13

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2017, 08:46 AM »
Congratulations I hope it's fulfilling for you and your family in every way.

It gives me a little shot of perspective to hear about this. Makes the constant hustle, bustle  and struggle, (2 young kids and my own business), worth it to know that the light at the end of the tunnel can be a simplified and enjoyable later life.

Offline Knight Woodworks

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2017, 02:43 PM »
Congrats! Best of luck, do keep us updated.

John

Offline Davej

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2017, 04:35 PM »
Bon voyage
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2017, 05:54 PM »
Congrats Kev.  I'm looking forward to see how this progresses. [thumbs up]
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2017, 04:17 AM »
Hope you can move i before your new neighbours find out about you mate [eek]


Congrats bud, wish you the best
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Offline Kev

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2017, 04:48 AM »
Hope you can move i before your new neighbours find out about you mate [eek]


Congrats bud, wish you the best

Way ahead of you - buying this one in the wife's name [wink]

Thanks mate [smile]

Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2017, 08:04 AM »
Keep us up-to-date on the new shop - not just building it, but design as well.  I like seeing what factors into the design decisions.

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2017, 09:11 AM »
Congratulations Kev and family!

I too can't wait to see the evolution!

Peter
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Offline HAXIT

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2017, 09:40 AM »
Congratulations and please keep updating.
So, which one gets build first. The shop or the house. [big grin]

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« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2017, 10:01 AM »
Congratulations and please keep updating.
So, which one gets build first. The shop or the house. [big grin]

I guarantee Kev will build the shop first. They have the rental, and he probably told the mrs that in order to finish the house he needs the shop.
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Offline Kev

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2017, 10:11 AM »

I guarantee Kev will build the shop first. They have the rental, and he probably told the mrs that in order to finish the house he needs the shop.

You are so on the money [big grin]

The property we've bought has a very liveable little house. Workshop, greenhouses and solar arrays deffo come early.

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2017, 10:43 AM »
Congratulations, Kev!!

This is really awesome! I hope for the very best for you and your family!

I'm anxious to see the new shop build. As you know, we moved into a much bigger home with a 3 car garage a few months ago. The extra space is so nice. I'm still planning to try and build a home and my dream shop in the next 5 years or so.

Good luck!
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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2017, 03:31 PM »
Hi!

Congrats Kev! I will be following this thread very closely - very interesting move for sure.

Take care and have fun building your new home & workshop!

Kind regards,
Oliver

Offline Kev

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2017, 12:49 AM »


The is about 1km from the place we're buying ... this view is from the rear of the rental property where we'll be staying for ~10 weeks. These views are 360 degree.

Most of our stuff is on it's way here tomorrow, but sadly 80 cubic meters turned out to be about 20 short of what we needed. The rest is coming in two weeks, sadly some of my favorite stuff is in the delayed load.

The cars and the pooch are here and I'm looking at gardening toys .. likely to go with a Cub Cadet Tank and a Polaris Ranger.

I've started discussion with a potential builder for the workshop ... looking at a hanger style 10x15m workshop with high ceilings and a 3x15m screened outdoor work area. I need to spend more time walking the property to choose the final site and refine the design.

Lots to do [smile]

Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2017, 01:18 AM »
Nice picture.  For those of us north of the equator, the picture is quite properly upside down.  I'm sure for those south of the equator it is right side up :).

Have you considered local timber and sawmills?  Looks like there are some trees in the neighborhood.  Also, I love the idea of a screened in porch.  My shop is in a walkout basement with a 5x4m porch out the back, and it's very nice to work outside when the temps are not extreme.

Offline Kev

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #19 on: January 27, 2017, 02:58 AM »
Nice picture.  For those of us north of the equator, the picture is quite properly upside down.  I'm sure for those south of the equator it is right side up :).

Have you considered local timber and sawmills?  Looks like there are some trees in the neighborhood.  Also, I love the idea of a screened in porch.  My shop is in a walkout basement with a 5x4m porch out the back, and it's very nice to work outside when the temps are not extreme.

Local timber is part of the attraction [big grin]

There's a lot of pine forestry in the area, but there's a lot of small mills and timber salvage too with heaps of interesting stuff .. and I haven't ventured far yet !!

For me the the outside deck is to enjoy the cooler evenings, the climate here is pretty much tropical - so I'll be air conditioning and seriously insulating the workshop.

I may inherit a shipping container that I could convert into a drying room for timber (need to look into that).

Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2017, 10:13 AM »
What will you be using for insulation?  We decided to spray polyurethane when we built our house, and I've never regretted the decision.  You end up with R-20-23 in 3.5in of wall.  Sprayed on the underside of roof sheeting, it keeps heat from building in the attic and seeping into the rest of the house.  All around it cuts our energy bills by a factor of 2-3.  In addition, it adds structural strength to the framing (if you are framing).  It also helps with sound insulation, but doesn't do the full job.

The main downsides are cost and the ability of an enclosed, sprayed space to concentrate heat in a fire, since there is no place for the heat to go until the poly is breached.  There are some dramatic stories of how fast fire can spread in enclosed, small spaces like hallways.  I figure if our house ever goes up, the contents will pretty much be a total loss.

But overall I love the product and the results we got with it.

Offline Kev

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2017, 10:58 AM »
What will you be using for insulation?  We decided to spray polyurethane when we built our house, and I've never regretted the decision.  You end up with R-20-23 in 3.5in of wall.  Sprayed on the underside of roof sheeting, it keeps heat from building in the attic and seeping into the rest of the house.  All around it cuts our energy bills by a factor of 2-3.  In addition, it adds structural strength to the framing (if you are framing).  It also helps with sound insulation, but doesn't do the full job.

The main downsides are cost and the ability of an enclosed, sprayed space to concentrate heat in a fire, since there is no place for the heat to go until the poly is breached.  There are some dramatic stories of how fast fire can spread in enclosed, small spaces like hallways.  I figure if our house ever goes up, the contents will pretty much be a total loss.

But overall I love the product and the results we got with it.

Because I'm more concerned with keeping heat out and not warmth in, I'll likely go with something like E-therm http://thermotec.com.au/products/thermal-insulation/e-therm/commercial-roofs this stuff is very good at keeping the heat out. A lot of solar panels on the roof will stop a fair amount of radiant heat hitting the structure and a few solar whirlybirds will get rid of trapped heat.

Although the design is a work in progress, we'll be orienting doors, windows and under cover outdoor areas to be sympathetic with prevailing conditions.

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2017, 01:52 PM »
@Kev Congrats! I suspect you hit the Deep Envy button on the vast majority of regular Foggers, certainly in my case. Lemme see...

 - Leaving the city, check..
 - Tropical breezes, check..
 - Lots of land, check..
 - Build big shop, double check..
 - Local timber, check..
 - Covered porch off the shop, check

Add in a beer-fridge, humidor, big green egg & the loo and there's not much need for an actual house. Absent nearby neighbors and poisonous snakes the loo may be optional. Sleeping on a lumber pile is vastly underrated.

Following this thread will be a vicarious pleasure. Enjoy the journey.

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« Reply #24 on: January 28, 2017, 01:12 AM »
Good luck on your new endeavors. I have 4 years before I start my new life. Wish I could do it now but it is not in the cards.
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Offline Kev

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« Reply #25 on: February 04, 2017, 12:15 PM »
Just adding a Volkswagen Amarok to the stable as our "rural pickup" ... should take delivery next week. Now shopping for a decent trailer and will probably grab a little boat to take advantage of local fishing.

Less than 8 weeks now till the day that we should be settling on the new place counting the days [smile]

Offline travisj

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« Reply #26 on: February 08, 2017, 06:12 PM »
Congrats on the move.  I am envious of the views.


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Offline fritter63

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« Reply #27 on: February 09, 2017, 03:29 PM »
Congrats Kev , that's what we did 10 years ago.

We are still grid tied but zero net energy (passive solar straw bale house + solar pv). Feel free to pm me if you want any advice.

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Re: Life 2.0
« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2017, 08:01 PM »
Hi Kev,
I'm in Brisbane & love the life. In terms of local timber supplies, one event you won't want to miss is th Maleny Wood Expo

https://malenywoodexpo.squarespace.com

The local Festool dealer, Ideal tools exhibit too!

Offline Kev

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« Reply #29 on: February 10, 2017, 12:27 AM »
Hi Kev,
I'm in Brisbane & love the life. In terms of local timber supplies, one event you won't want to miss is th Maleny Wood Expo

https://malenywoodexpo.squarespace.com

The local Festool dealer, Ideal tools exhibit too!

Thanks @Aquila I've save the date [wink]