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The Owner Builder 204 December 2017/January 2018 is on sale nationwide from 1 December 2017.

Owner builders once again share their amazing range of projects with us: building with Formblock, converting a church, stacks (and stacks…) of stonework, straw bale and hemp. From window efficiency to using brick to create patterns, preparing your home for bushfire to maximising daylight in the home, there are also plenty of technical hints and tricks to help you along your design path. See the website and Sample Issue Extract  for more details.

The extract article this issue starts right at the begining… Matthew and Narelle have finally got through the planning stage (after many changes and delays) and are ready to see their hemp home rising from the ground.

Back issues shed woes…
Unfortunately the regular TOB storage shed suffered a major malfunction… As a result, for the foreseeable future, there are NO individual hard copy versions of back issues. All are still available as digital PDF versions – just remember to provide your email address when ordering.
Luckily I had already packed up a number of The Lot and moved them out of the shed, ready for Christmas orders. I can therefore still fulfill hard copy orders of The Lot, but only with a limited supply.
I’m hoping to be able to recover some hard copies. If so, then they will go back on sale with the next issue. Thank you for your understanding.

P.S. Subscribers really are the backbone of continued production of the magazine.
If you are a regular reader and enjoy the content provided, please consider taking
out a subscription – for yourself or someone else – this Christmas. Thank you.

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View to the north east from the house site

204 Walters – plans

 

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The Owner Builder 203 October/November 2017 is on sale nationwide from 1 October 2017.

While we generally feature owner builder projects that start from the ground up, there is a compelling case for ‘upcycling’ an existing structure. In this issue, this concept is explored through the restoration of an historical building, the development of a relocatable ‘Ecomobile’ and the evolution of an ‘accidental house’ that arose from a storage container. Along with the regular assortment of inspirational projects and technical information, there is plenty to keep you entertained. See the website and Sample Issue Extract  for more details.

The extract article this issue is last in the series of updates from John and Dana about their straw bale build; they are finally in and loving it!

 

 

 

The Owner Builder 202 August/September 2017 is on sale nationwide from 1 August 2017.

Just how we go about preserving this right to adequate – and affordable – housing is a question being debated on a daily basis by politicians, academics and the media. I am no expert, but I do believe that being able to build your own home is one way of meeting this goal. Owner builders tend to be more in tune with building what is ‘adequate’ rather than what is ‘required’ by the market; encouraging this way of thinking is key to successfully housing a rapidly growing population.

In this issue, a number of owner builders share their version of this ‘adequate’ thinking with us: backyard studio, bus conversion, relocated home, suburban retreat – all of them recycling and upcycling materials while creating spaces suitable to their own needs. See the website for more details.

The extract article this issue is a marvellous backyard studio retreat built by a Year 8 student, with almost all of the building materials either salvaged from the roadside or skips, or from friends who had material that they wanted to get rid off. The full article can be viewed on our website:  ‘Backyard studio‘, as well as in the Sample Issue Extract.

 

 

The Owner Builder 201 June/July 2017 is on sale nationwide from 1 June 2017.

This issue includes articles about the effects of air leakage on a home’s energy efficiency, reasons to consider brick masonry, a cob and bush pole garden shelter, benefits of underfloor insulation, and much more! See the website for more details.

The extract article this issue is a revisit to a mud brick home first featured in TOB 100 Aug/Sep 2000. The full article can be viewed on our website:  ‘Happy mud brick home‘, as well as in the Sample Issue Extract.

 

The Owner Builder 200 April/May 2017 is now on sale nationwide.

This issue is a very special one – it is our 200th issue and also our 36th birthday! Pretty impressive in this day of ‘print is dead’ talk…

TOB 200 includes a little wander down memory lane with an update on a mud brick home featured in 1982, 2001 and again in 2017, as well as homes with compressed earth bricks, straw bale and Formblock, plus a tropical Earthship project, and much more! See the website for more details.

The extract article this issue is from regular contributor Rob Hadden is Castlemaine Vic. The full article can be viewed on our website:  ‘A house of one’s own‘, as well as in the Sample Issue Extract.

You can also view video house tours of the inside and outside – enjoy!

The Owner Builder 198 December 2016/January 2017 is now on sale nationwide.

This issue includes a rammed earth with insulated roof panel house in WA, an award winning hemp house on the NSW south coast, one woman’s determination to learn the skills to build her own house in Victoria, and much more… See the website for more details.

The extract article this issue is about a straw bale and mud brick home at Mudgee NSW. The full article can be viewed on our website:  ‘From conception to lock-up‘, as well as in the Sample Issue Extract.

 

The Owner Builder 196 August/September 2016 is now on sale nationwide.

This issue includes building an earthship machinery shed in Vic, transforming a beach house in WA, moving a Queenslander home, owner builder regulations and much more… See the website for more details.

The extract article this issue about the building of a home on the mid north coast of NSW. The full article can be viewed on our website:  ‘Doing it once and well‘, as well as in the Sample Issue Extract.

There is also a video house tour on Youtube.