About the Author – Brian Ashworth (bashworth)

I’ve been running anewhouse.com.au since November 2010 as a hobby.

As well as this blog I also contribute to several internet forums about property.

I’m in my mid 60’s.

Although I was born in Britain, where I lived until 1991, I have lived in Australia since then and have been naturalised for 20 years.

I am a retired  civil engineer who has mainly worked in Local Government and the Water Industry.

In addition to working on housing sites and with architects throughout my career I have had a long interest in domestic architecture.

My experience with homes that I have owned, and lived in, includes:

House No 1

Terraced 2 storey house approx 50 years old.
Rewired,  re-plumbed, re-modeled kitchen,  re-modeled bathroom.

House No 2

New speculative built end terrace 2 storey house bought while under construction.
I landscaped the garden.

House No 3

Ten year old detached 2 storey house
Remodeled kitchen, rearranged garden, changed heating (hydronic) from solid fuel to gas.

House No 4

The first Australian house. A self designed, single storey,  passive solar custom built house.

House No 5

A single storey project home with amended design, and orientated, for Passive Solar performance with solar Hot water.

Solar Power system Installed


We downsized into a 78m2 apartment to minimise travel until we retired from full time work.

House No 6

Our ‘Forever Home’ is a 2 bedroom unit in a retirement village.

The unit was around 25 years old and since moving we have made the following alterations: added Solar Power, installed a Heat Pump for hot water, re-modelled kitchen including installing an Induction Hob, re-modelled bathroom, and installed reverse cycle air conditioning.