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RetroSuburbia: Castlecliff, Whanganui

Everyone told us, “Do not buy in Castlecliff!” We ignored them. It was 2010.

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It was love at first sight.

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More than one person scoffed at me for buying this house.

Some called it “A dog’s breakfast.”

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But she came up alright with a lick of paint.

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The home and section were a bit of a mish…

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…but we got there in the end.

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Side yard before…

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…and after.

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This project has become a benchmark for low-cost and high-performance renovation.

There will be a one-off tour and workshop in late April.

ANZAC Day (Observed, Monday) 27th April, 2020, 2:00 – 5:00 PM. $35 p/p, $55 couples.

This Whanganui property is the only case study outside of Australia to be included in David Holmgren’s RetroSuburbia project: https://retrosuburbia.com/case-studies/eco-thrifty-retrofit-case-study/

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Space is limited.

Registration essential: theecoschool@gmail.com

Peace, Estwing

Eco Thrifty Renovation Revisited

It’s been over six years since we started the Eco Thrifty Renovation in Castlecliff, Whanganui. That seems like ages ago.

Here is a series of before and after shots, along with a little background on the design inspiration.

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Then and Now

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After

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The focus of the renovation was sunlight: free energy delivered without a service fee. As a passive solar retrofit, the project exceeds expectations and has delivered a warm, dry, comfortable home with exceptionally low power bills.

Let the sun shine in.

Peace, Estwing