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Industrial housing design for affordable housing

Good design has long been a passion of mine, I like things that are very elegant and fit for their purpose. but there is one area of design that has long disappointed me and that is the design of the houses that we build, especially when it comes to the “budget” end of  the market where it all seems to be about pretence and artifice rather than substance and honesty. The cure to this issue should be in industrial design  where the notion has always been to get the most amount of usable space for the least amount of money.   In the past I have considered the re-purposing of shipping containers  as housing  and today I have been taken by this piece from the Daily Mail  about an innovative design using what in this country we would call a “shed” some very good ideas here  that could help solve our own supply side issues for affordable housing.


The home, which is bigger than many modern new-build houses, will give first-time buyers the chance to build their own ‘Grand Designs’ home at a fraction of the cost.
Typically first homes under £90,000 will get a much smaller space to a ‘substandard design’, the winning architect claimed.

Mr Green, 39, based his self-build ‘Barnhaus’ home around the idea of a farmers hay barn.

And his house scooped the top prize in a National Self Build Association (NaSBA) competition judged by Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud.
Father-of-three Mr Green, an architect from Cardiff, South Wales, said his low cost design was based on modern steel farmyard hay barns.
He said: ‘Without being rude about farmers, as a generalisation, they do tend to be very economically minded.
‘And you can go on eBay and buy a steel barn frame the size of a family home for around £2,500.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2450911/Grand-Designs-house-time-buyers–41k-3-bed-home.html#ixzz2hGNRyhmH

The problem is though that many local councils who provide building approvals want something other than functionality and affordable living spaces for the people they want the whole McMansion nightmare lock stock and with fries. If I ever build another house it will be something like this with even the internal walls lined with formed steel sheeting, lots of insulation, proper orientation and no need to ever paint the bloody thing…

Cheers Comrades


always use the correct  safety equipment to avoid injury

Boycott Halal

This is a subject that I have covered many times  here at The Sandpit but it does not get old with the retelling:


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Labor fantasy budget stuff


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is this the re-election dance?






The million hit Blog


If you are reading this it means that the hit counter for the Sandpit has ticked over the one million hits milestone  which is worthy of note in anyone’s  language, more so in the case of this blog because for most of its existence there has been a sustained campaign to harass and denigrate yours truly and the other authors who post here.


I started blogging on a whim mainly because I needed to register with Blogger to comment on an Anti Andrew Bolt  blog, I have  changed the name and the platform on which this blog is published several times until I settled upon the current title and I am  very happy to n0w share this blog with three other regular contributors who ad greatly to the diversity of  the posts published here. The heart of blogging is not so much the posts themselves but rather it is the comment threads that those posts inspire and over the years we have had some very lively discussion threads that have given their participants lots of fun.


You see fun is what this blog is all about. Even when we have covered the most serious issues I like to think that we can do so with enough levity to keep it friendly.


So in the style of an awards night I have to offer a very sincere thank you, firstly to my fellow authors Ray Dixon (and his alter ego SockPuppet),  GD and to  Leon Bertrand, further I want to thank our readers for coming back on a regular basis to enjoy the musings on this page especially those of you who disagree with what I and the other authors write because without that disagreement we would not have the lively arguments in the comment threads. I also want to thank my wife and family for putting up with this sometimes grumpy blogger on a daily basis and last but not least I want to thank our family dog Bonnie for reminding me on a regular basis that I am only human and that nothing is more important than “walkies “

Cheers to all of our Comrades



Are we there yet on Carbon Trading?

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I have been arguing for years that carbon trading schemes are virtually Ponzi schemes that are bound to collapse and the European scheme certainly seems to be following the script that I imagined. The fringe benefit of this is clearly watching the Australian Labor Party making even greater fools of themselves every time their “fixed price” Carbon tax rises as it is scheduled to do in June. If our “Carbon price” is already many times the price of European traded value imagine the pain felt by Labor when the carbon tax rises and the European price falls yet again as I think it will.

So I ask again does anyone seriously think that, after the election, any Labor MP or senator will inflict further pain upon the greatly depleted party by opposing the repeal of this ludicrous carbon tax and all of its accompanying administrative apparatus?

The party is a laughing stock now so just imagine how silly it will look standing up for the tax that has utterly destroyed its credibility.

Cheers Comrades



"You will read The Sandpit everyday and you will enjoy it no matter what tosh I publish....."

“You will read The Sandpit everyday and you will enjoy it no matter what sort of  tosh I publish…..”

This is my 3000th post here at the Sandpit, isn’t it amazing just how quickly this milestone has come around?

I like to think that this  blog functions at many different levels and its contents is as varied as life itself .

Its primary purpose has always been to keep me entertained and to give purpose to my morning cruise through the daily news reports and blog updates , to that end I like to write about the issue de jour that has taken my fancy as I sip on my first brew for the day.  Of course I have also shared some of the events that happen in my own life when I have thought them notable enough  and I have tried to do that with a little bit of wit and my rather wry sense of humour.

So for the next three thousand  posts I hope to continue to provoke and stimulate thought and words from you,  my dear readers, even if those thoughts and words are entirely focused on telling me that I have got it wrong in the most fundamental ways! Sometimes I even get feedback affirming that what I have said is correct, frankly either response pleases me though naturally the later has a somewhat sweeter effect on the palette.

Cheers   Comrades



Labor announces the new NBN medicine program

With the election announced and Julia Gillard really keen to show just what can be achieved with her much questioned  praised NBN in a Sandpit exclusive I can share with you all a test operation using the new Tele-medicine ,  like a lot of Labor big ideas this one obviously has a few bugs to be sorted out, but I hope that we can be assured that things will be much more successful than the beta testing.

Its understood that The party’s  first choice of test subject  was their dear leader’s fashion consultant, however its understood that Gillard vetoed that because it would have meant that Tim would be unavailable for , err ” domestic duties” while he recovered from the process. This turned out to be a sound choice because the first demonstration was to say the least, underwhelming .

Commiserations and floral tributes  to the pioneer can be sent to Labor HQ.

Cheers Comrades


Merry Christmas Comrades

something to consider as all of the advertising exhorts us to buy Buy BUY!

Still as fresh as it was in 1958 when it was first broadcast

Cheers Comrades


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