Archive for August, 2014

Interview with Ralph Alphonso – The Month of August 2014

Posted on: August 31st, 2014 by Barley Store

Ralph takes us through the various site activities such as geothermal digging and drilling, as well as running power and water services to site. Meanwhile product testing has begun, with a energy efficient dryer and natural ranges of cosmetics and cleaning products in use. For more video interviews head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full Construction Diary Interviews playlist.

Meeting Cameron Comer– Interior Design

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by Barley Store

Cameron Comer came for a chat about interior style options, taking into consideration our very limited space and the need for practicality. We discussed various options for our interior finishes, including wood treatments and materials.  



Laundry dryer delivered from Asko

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by Barley Store

The eco-friendly laundry dryer by Asko was delivered for testing, with higher energy efficiency and less energy consumption. The old dryer in the test site was replaced by this dryer, which is more energy efficient than boiling a full kettle, meaning less cups of tea and more loads of washing!


Please check out more on our partnership with Asko in our post last July, or visit ASKO’s website.


Posted on: August 14th, 2014 by Barley Store

Paul Stephenson from Stephenson Transport dropped in to discuss the transport schedule for Drouin West Timber and Truss. We also had to make sure the trucks would fit down our secluded little lane!

Ralph also met with Phillip Johnson from Phillip Johnson Landscapes helped brainstorm landscape ideas for the 5×4 project over a cup of tea.



Posted on: August 8th, 2014 by Barley Store

The team from Webster Survey Group arrived on site, measuring up the property boundaries and the specifics for the concrete slab.


100% Greenpower used during the build

Posted on: August 8th, 2014 by Barley Store

The electricity used in the build of 5×4 will be supplied by Diamond Energy and will be 100% GreenPower, sourced from GreenPower-accredited biogas generation plants at Shepparton and Tatura.
By purchasing GreenPower, households and businesses commit their electricity providers to purchasing the equivalent amount of electricity from accredited renewable energy generators, helping build renewable energy infrastructure and sources.

Please help us tip the scales in favour of renewable energy!
See either:


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Preparing the sites for services

Posted on: August 4th, 2014 by Barley Store

Over the course of ten or so days, companies MAXA Plumbing, Telstra and Power Cor laid the pipes for the installation of the services. This includes electricity, water, sewage, phone, data and television.