Grand Designs Australia

Season 4 Episode 6

Forest Lodge Eco House

Aired Unknown Nov 14, 2013 on Foxtel
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Forest Lodge Eco House
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For builder Chris, the chance to construct a sustainable house for his family has been a lifelong dream. After working on sustainable building projects in Europe, he's developed a passion to bring this style of building to Australia. Chris and his wife Belinda have bought the small 'car park' of land next door to their existing house: at just 4. 9 metres wide, it's literally a tiny gap in a long row of heritage listed cottages in Sydney's inner-west Forest Lodge. Their plan is to use every centimetre of land for a uniquely sustainable house. Chris's practical approach to his sustainable ethos is reducing energy costs. He's going the extra mile, insulating the ground underneath the slab to store heat from solar tubes on the roof to provide heating and hot water for the house. Vertical gardens, double-glazed windows, underground water tanks and a super-insulating rooftop garden create a house that will heat and cool itself. A fastidious builder, Chris is not afraid to think outside the box and innovate using a commercial flooring system to support the weight of his rooftop garden. There are challenges to building on a tiny block of land in a very narrow street where every delivery vehicle needs to be measured, but this is nothing compared with the health bombshell delivered to Belinda shortly after construction gets under way. It's an added pressure that tests the family both emotionally and physically as Chris battles to get the house finished.moreless

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