Archive for the ‘Planning’ Category


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.


Arranging the Building Plans and Permits

Posted on: June 30th, 2014 by Barley Store


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As the building permits arrived, our intern Tessa faced the task of preparing the plans for our project partners. Each sheet was attached to card for protection and organised to avoid confusion.

5×4 Milestone – Receiving the Building Permit

Posted on: June 19th, 2014 by Barley Store

Today marks a major milestone in the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project: the reception of the signed and approved Architectural Plans from the building surveyor. This exciting events propels the 5×4 Project onward into the building phase – FULL STEAM AHEAD!


Coming up next= Demolition of the shed and the existing concrete and laying the groundworks for the Geothermal Heating.

Looking for the most environmentally friendly amenities and appliances for the building

Posted on: November 8th, 2013 by Sabrina Barley Store Productions

The 5×4 Hayes Lane build aims to combine different materials and processes to create the smallest eco-footprint, whilst providing the highest performance.”
In addition we are carefully selecting the most sustainable and environmentally friendly amenities and appliances as possible for the build.

Click on the image below to have a look at some of our ideas for the build and feel free to suggest other possibilities.

A note from Ralph Alphonso on the schedule!

Posted on: July 8th, 2013 by Barley Store

How is the Project schedule traveling?

“Well, I think we are in good shape. The previous schedule would have us close to completion at this point. I thought I would get that out of the way early…

We are currently in the final stages of specifications. (more…)

Draft Plans 5th July 2013

Posted on: July 5th, 2013 by Barley Store

Download of the draft plans of the 5th July 2013.

Click on the image below to open the full draft plans.

Project Timeline

Posted on: April 12th, 2013 by Barley Store

We’ve drafted a timeline for the project, which you can view below. We are close to finalising the structure of the build and should be ready to apply for our building permit in June, 2013. If all goes according to plan, construction will commence early August, 2013.
Click on the image below to view the full Project Timeline:

Construction Sequence

Posted on: April 11th, 2013 by Barley Store

Here’s a sneak preview of the 5×4 Hayes Lane building will come together… proposed by ARKit.

Images by ARKit.

Meeting with Project Architect

Posted on: April 11th, 2013 by Barley Store

Today we had a meeting with Craig Chatman (ARKit). At this point we are close to finalising the structure of the build.
Points of discussion included:
– Sewage/ plumbing issues
– Electricity
– Transporting the build
– Material analysis
The following were discussed during the material analysis:
– Walls –wall lining options (e.g. plywood, bamboo, cork)
– Flooring systems –floor structure options
– Internals & finishings –e.g. bamboo, plastic, paperock compressed paper.
– Kitchen appliances –fridge, dishwashers, oven, etc.
– Bathroom finishes
After considering all the possible materials, final decisions are yet to be made. With the help of our other team members, Tai Hollingsbee and Dr Robert Crawford, we’ll be able to compare the embodied energy of each product and choose the most eco-friendly one.
The performance of our building should be finalised by the end of this month in which we will have a clear idea of the materials and appliances that will be used in the building.
At this rate, we hope to begin construction August 2013. Stay tuned for future updates!

Design Development Meeting – March

Posted on: March 7th, 2013 by Barley Store

On March 7th, 2013, the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project Team had a design and development meeting at GHD. Attendees included Craig Chatman from ARKit, Tai Hollingsbee and Chris King from GHD, and Ralph Alphonso from Barley Store. The main purpose of this meeting was to discuss the best combination of systems and construction materials to be used that would achieve the smallest ecological footprint possible.
Points of discussions were:
– the insulation system
– solar panels
– water/ irrigation system
– wood as construction material
Some of the possible technologies considered included:
– phase-change material (PCM) for heating
– rainwater collection as an eco-friendly water source
– hot water ring
– fake grass (e.g. summer envy)
– PV-cells
Overall, various materials and systems were brought to the table. The meeting saw even more opportunities for a sustainable build and the designs were further developed.
There are still various issues to be considered before making final decisions about the materials and technologies including:
– costs
– impact on infrastructure
– embodied energy
We will resolve these issues in future meetings.
(To see the sketches that were drafted at the meeting, click on the image below)