Archive for the ‘Exterior’ Category

Thintanks installed

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by Barley Store

The Thin Tank has been installed. These tanks are a great option when wanting rainwater but not having room for a tank. The 5×4 building has about a meter between it’s wall and the neighbour’s, which is all the Thin Tank needs!
Installation was not a walk in the park, however once installed the tank melts into the design.


Planter box install

Posted on: April 29th, 2015 by Barley Store

Today Creative Earth Landscaping planted the edible plants into the planter boxes provided by Décor. They then assembled them into the window sills according to a plan worked out by Phil Withers, a landscaper who focuses on edible plants.
Our little building, the 5×4 Project, is starting to look like a home!


Hot Tub

Posted on: April 4th, 2015 by Barley Store

Water has been added to the hot tub, completing the final step of the installation.
The tub, crafted by Ukko, is designed to leak for the first few days until the wood expands and fills in any gaps.
With water in the tub, the smell of the wood is filling the top level of the build. The tub has a corona discharge ozonator and an ioniser which means the water will have minimal chemicals.


Glass install

Posted on: January 15th, 2015 by Barley Store

It’s finally time for the glass on the east facade to be installed!

Early Morning

 With the help of a scissor-lift, the Audsley Windows installers attached the 10 ft pieces of class to the frames, while Grand Designs got it all on camera.



Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by Barley Store

Another truck driver did extremely well to reverse down the lane and deliver the Fiberock Aqua-Tough plaster boards from USG Boral.

Fiberock plasterboard is part of our Wall System, and are 95% recycled in their production. They are designed to be demountable and reusable, with consideration given the product’s complete life-cycle.

Once the measurements have been taken, these boards are being cut to size and then installed over the building.

Exterior Cladding

Posted on: December 9th, 2014 by Barley Store


It was time for the pressure-treated exterior cladding from ASH to go up as the final section of our Wall System.

Long 5 meter planks were passed up the scaffolding to be nailed into place, interlocking each other to create the water-tight finish.



Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by Barley Store

The process of air-tightening the building has begun!
On top of the external layer of Spaceloft insulation sits the Pro Clima, the exterior airtight layer as advised by Passive House Australia.
This was boarded roughly in place, and then taped at all the edges and joins to create an airtight wrap around the whole building.

Not surprisingly, the windows proved to be the tricky parts, although it was very important that we had a completely airtight building so as to utilise both the geothermal heat as well as the heat recovery system from Passive House. (more…)

Exterior Insulation

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Barley Store

On the exterior of the building we tacked a layer of Aerogel‘s Spaceloft, a compressed insulation blanket capable of protecting against temperatures between -40 and 200 degrees Celsius.

For more information on the overall insulation process, see our Wall Systems section in The Build.


Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Barley Store

The windows have been installed on the rear (west) side of the building. The windows, made and glazed by Viridian, and framed by Paarhammer, are built to be airtight, like the rest of the house. This means sturdy latches and tight seals.
They will endeavor to keep the afternoon sun at bay, but will need some help from the blinds that will be installed in the next few months!


Garden Boxes

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Barley Store

Due to our incredibly small square footage, a garden looked impossible to incorporate. We decided to have garden boxes on the west facing side of the building, utilising the space in the wall.
Having it on the west wall served two purposes:
Firstly, the plants need sunlight to survive, and the afternoon sun will set over Melbourne and during summer they will get full sunlight for about 6 hours a day.
Secondly, whilst the sun brings life for the plants, it also brings unwanted heat to the building, and the inset garden boxes help with absorbing that sun as well as shading the windows from the direct sunlight.


After the walls were secured, the boxes were put in place and the concept began to emerge in practical form!