Setting Up Your Vegetable Garden

Guest Post by Elena Willson

Setting up a vegetable garden at home can be a great way to save money, provide a new interest in your free time, feed your family with healthy food and get up close and personal with nature.

Growing tomatoes, zucchini and any other favorite vegetables that you like can save you all those frequent trips to the market and make your cooking much easier with all the ingredients at hand.

Moreover, you’ll discover that the flavors and textures of home-grown vegetables far exceed the ones bought at the grocery store . . . so, check out these tips on how to get your vegetable garden off to a great start.

Come up with a plan

Start your veggie garden project by making a list of your favorite vegetables and short-list it to the ones that are quite expensive at the shop but taste the best when fresh.

Start off small with a few vegetable beds that you can expand every year as you become more confident and experienced.

If the area for your vegetable garden is new, you need to decide what style of gardening and planting system you want.

It could be raised beds, square foot gardening, or traditional rows.

The general recommendation is to define the garden beds about 1.2m wide and as long as you want them to be with at least 60cm space in between them. Preferably, it should be in an area of your garden that gets lots of sunlight and is close to a water source.

Another great option is to construct and implement a greenhouse to grow plants in.

They are an excellent method as they offer protection for your plants from pests, frost and chilly weather, making your growing much easier especially if you live in a colder area.

Greenhouses come in many shapes and sizes, and with the benefits they offer, you’ll spend less time worrying about growing problems and more time enjoying your gardening!

Choose your plants

Your next step is to choose what plants to grow.

Think about what vegetables your family likes to eat the most.

The easiest ones to grow are typically tomatoes, beans, squash, tomatoes, lettuce, and various greens.

The general advice is to start growing your plants from seeds sown directly in the ground, but you could also use seedlings.

You could even grow your own seedlings indoors or purchase them at a local nursery. In early spring, just before the last frost, sow those plants that grow best in cooler weather, such as carrots, turnips, beets, parsnips, spinach, peas, radishes, and Swiss chard.

After the last frost, start planting warm-weather vegetables, such as squash, cucumber, beans, and corn.

Rely on proven tips and techniques

There are proven tips and techniques that can help your veggie garden grow more efficiently and productively.

One preferred method involves the practice of succession planting.. . .For instance, you can grow a warm-season crop like beans in the same place where you previously harvested a cool-season crop like spinach.

Interplanting is another way to get the most out of your planting space.

Combine fast-maturing crops, such as lettuce, with slow growers, such as broccoli.

You’ll have harvested lettuce by the time the broccoli requires more space.

Prepare the soil

You’ll hardly get any yield if you don’t provide the best possible soil for your plants.

When it comes to your garden, rich, healthy soil is something that’s easily recognized – it’s easy to dig and drains well.

The combination typically contains a mixture of sand, silt and clay, and their proportion will dictate the texture of your garden soil.

This texture will affect drainage and amounts of nutrients.

Luckily, any type of soil can be improved in time by using organic matter, commonly compost.

This will help connect the particles in the soil, retain moisture and nutrients, and get the plant roots the much-needed oxygen.

Regardless of the way you grow your plants, you should also be ready to tackle pests and diseases.

There are different solutions available, but basically, you need to stop the weeds in their tracks, keep any animals out, fight fungal disease and deter destructive insects.

 

When you decide to start up your vegetable garden, it’s important to understand the basics and take one step at a time.

Make a good plan, work at your own speed and try to enjoy the process.

Hopefully, the tips listed here will encourage you to roll up your sleeves and get started on your green thumb journey.

As you get better at it, besides your veggies, why not expand and add some herbs, edible flowers, and fruits as well?

 

Live While You Build – Location

When you are getting your new house built do you carry on living in your existing house or move into a rented house.?

We have only ever built new houses when we have relocated for work, so its always been easist to sell where we live and move into rental accommodation close to work, and the new house location.

Here are some advantages in selling up and renting near the site of your new house:

  1. Selling your existing house can release some cash which will help reduce the mortgages on the land and construction.
  2. You won’t need a bridging loan if you can’t sell.
  3. The kids can start going to the new school or childcare earlier.
  4. Its easier to check on the new home build often.

Obviously if you are still living with your parents. . . or could move back in with them, that can be the cheapest solution; although it may not be the most conveniet location

 

Have you found it better to avoid having a rental property?

For more posts about decisions like this see Starting Off

 

Best DIY Affordable Home Improvement Ideas

Guest Post by Elena Willson

DIY home renovations are fun and rewarding.

If you are planning to give your home a new look, ,or even sell it, you need to think about the cost of each project.

Not all projects are wallet-friendly and some may not be enticing to potential buyers.

That’s why you need to take a look at these simple DIY home improvement ideas that can transform your home without breaking the bank.

Getting Ready

However, before we delve into the projects, let’s highlight some preliminary steps you need to take.

A.  Survey Your Home

Grab a pen and notepad and take a walk around your home.

Start with the interior and then move outside.

Take note of any fixtures that look dated, worn out, or very dirty.

Pay special attention to your kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom.

Outside the home, take note of the state of your front door, sidings, and other parts of the front yard.

Remember that a poor first impression can turn off potential buyers, so you need to pay special attention to your home’s frontage.

B.  Draw Up a Budget

After moving around your home, you will have a long list of potential DIY projects. . . but don’t start yet.

Re-order your project list so that urgent and important projects come first.

Then find out what you will need to complete each of those projects and the expenses you will incur.

If one of your projects is painting your living room walls, for instance, you can write an estimate for the materials and tools you will need (paint, scrapers, brushes, rollers) and the estimated cost.

Repeat this for all the projects on your list.

C. Watch Some DIY Videos

Whether you are an experienced DIY enthusiast, with many completed projects in your portfolio, or you are a newbie,  watching home renovation videos will be of great benefit to you.

You’ll find that these days, when it comes to home improvement, just about every topic is covered by various professionals and amateurs alike.

These videos are in essence visual tutorials, and you’ll need to find the ones that are relevant to your project.

These instructional videos will help you compare various working methods as well as inform you about precautions you need to take on some hazardous tasks.

You can also discover new methods and tools to save you precious time and money.

Projects

Now, let’s see some simple and affordable DIY projects.

1. Upgrade Your Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets form a large part of most remodeling projects. But you can transform your kitchen cabinets without spending a fortune.

In most cases, all you need to do is to repaint or change the cabinetry doors. That means you may only need to order new doors.

However, you will only spend a few hundred dollars if you do any of these three things:

      • Remove the doors to create open shelves
      • Install new molding or trim
      • Paint the old cabinet doors or add a new stain.

2. Update Your Flooring

Updating floors can be easy and affordable. Whether you have plywood, hardwood, linoleum, or tile, there are different flooring ideas that will suit your budget. Consider using one or more of these materials:

      • Vinyl floor stickers: These work well in areas of your home with minimal traffic like a laundry room that you use a few times a week.
      • Luxury vinyl plank or tile: This type of flooring floats so you can install it on top of other existing tiles without having to pull them off. They work well in kitchens and bathrooms.
      • Sheet linoleum: These modern vinyl sheets are both beautiful and affordable. You can install them in your bathroom. Simply measure the space, stretch it out and trim the edges before sticking it to the floor.

3. Renew Your Walls

Renovating your walls can be done on a shoestring budget, especially if they are not badly damaged. Try any of these ideas to spruce up your walls:

      • Fill and Repaint: Apply spackle to cracks and small holes. Then proceed to repaint your wall. A standard-sized room needs just one or two gallons of paint.
      • Get Creative With Stencils: Buy a stencil, stick it to the wall, then use fine paintbrushes to paint around the open areas.
      • Apply Wallpaper: Get wallpaper, glue, and a long ruler. Use your creativity to apply the wallpaper at wall corners, on a single wall, or on all the walls, depending on your preference.
      • Hang Fabric: Get curtain panels and fabric of your choice. Place the panel near the ceiling and hang the fabric on the wall.

4. Paint Your Front Door

Renovating the front door can work wonders in improving your home’s curb appeal.

To give your door a spotlight, select a bold accent color that blends or contrasts well with other exterior parts of the building.

In addition, you can modify the plaque of your house number and replace your mailbox with a more beautiful one.

It’s a cheap way to create a new look and feel for you or your visitors.

5. Clean up Your Vinyl Siding

If your home has vinyl siding, you can make it look new by cleaning it.

You don’t need to call in an expert or rent a power washer either.

Get a scrub brush with a long handle, a high-quality cleaning solution, and a garden hose.

With some elbow grease, you can clean the siding, and give your home a fresh look.

 

Renovating your home does not have to be tough and expensive. With good planning and budgeting, by applying these ideas, you can create a new look in your home without going into debt.

Placing Your House On The Block – 10 Things To Consider

There’s lots to think about when you are positioning a house on a block.

Here are some things that you should consider when comparing blocks and then deciding how to place your house,

    • Statutory Limits There are usually the following limits on where you can place your house:
    • Local Council Setbacks (the rules should be on the council website, it may refer to the building envelope)
    • Sewer or Drainage Easements (check your title documents for these)
    • Driveway Crossover Many blocks now come with the driveway crossover already constructed which causes further restrictions unless you want the expense of removing the crossover and constructing a new one in a different location.
    • Take Advantage of the Sun My aim to get most of the main rooms facing North for a solar passive performance and which helps with the energy rating performance (A good orientation can boost the environmental rating by at least one star).
    • Avoid Shading I like to place the house fairly close to the Southern Boundary so that the I can have a garden on the sunny side of the block which you can see from those North facing rooms. The wider garden also helps prevent shading from the house next door.
    • Overheating from Afternoon Sun Avoid or at least minimise West facing windows.
    • Welcoming Entrance Front doors should be facing, and clearly visible from, the street . . . it looks more welcoming and improves security.
    • Outdoor Entertaining Areas Decks and alfresco areas with a westerly aspect are good for having a beer in the evening while watching the setting sun.
    • Kitchen Views In our last house the kitchen window had the most interesting view. . . as that is the one you find yourself looking out of the most.
    • Storage Areas Do you want to store a caravan, trailer or boat on the site.
    • Pets If you have a dog does it have somewhere to run around without damaging your main garden? and somewhere where it can sleep away from rain and summer sun?

 

What do you think is important when placing you house?

Choosing the Perfect Kitchen Fittings to Suit Your Style

Guest Post by Richard.Kayode

The kitchen is undoubtedly one of the most important places in the home, and that’s the reason we need to design the accessories in it for every aspect of our daily lives.

The ideal kitchen design has to do with the process of combining surfaces, appliances, design detail, and layout to create an enjoyable and easy-to-use space.

Since kitchen fittings were introduced, it’s revolutionized the market, thereby making homeowners realize that comfort and functionality can be infused into the same design.

The thing is that there is a vast array of products that fit into the category, so it can be quite daunting to choose the perfect fittings.

We have revealed some ideas that can assist you in making the perfect decision after you are done planning the space.

 

When selecting kitchen fittings, it would be best if you started with the sink as that’s a necessary step in allowing you to design your kitchen around it, thereby creating a functional space to use for several kitchen tasks and using the right colors, elements, and finishes for your kitchen.

Kitchen Sink

When you want to select your kitchen sink, you need to consider quality because you’d not like to replace it every couple of years.

It is the most purposeful thing you’ll buy when it comes to kitchen equipment, so your best bet is to choose well.

We’ve got some things you need to consider when selecting your sink, and it starts with your budget.

Always remember your budget and think about how you’d like to use your kitchen space.

If your kitchen space is limited, then you should choose a single basin sink so it’ll enhance style and functionality without the room being overwhelmed. . .but if you have enough kitchen space, it would be best if you opt for a double sink as it provides more flexibility, including a neater look.

One important aspect of your kitchen design is ergonomics, so select the ideal mounting options – a top-mount or under-mount sink, make sure the height is right, and make sure that there’s enough space to move comfortably around the kitchen.

If you want a modern and sleek kitchen appearance, then you should choose an under-mount kitchen sink.

For more storage options, then you can choose the top-mount sink.

Besides storage space and good design, when you choose well functional and quality products for your kitchen’s operational side, they can make you have an exciting and joyful time there.

You can also decide to add sink accessories that’ll make it easier and more functional to use.

You can get accessories that offer both safety and comfort, from soap dispensers, baskets, and drainer trays to colanders, chopping boards, and more.

Lighting

Selecting the amount and type of your kitchen’s lighting fixtures is a popular and important task recently, as homeowners are now aware of the necessity of proper lighting in the kitchen.

Ambient lighting is from the ceiling or main wall lights with central control.

The purpose of accent lighting is more specialized and will add highlights and detail to the kitchen, while task lighting is specific to a particular activity or area so that you can get ideal lighting while washing the dishes, eating, or cooking.

Hardware

The aesthetics of your kitchen is important, and every element needs to align with your style – from cabinet drawers and doors to kitchen taps.

Hardware is highly impactful on the feel and looks of your kitchen, and you can select from several different finishes, styles, and shapes till you see the one that suits the space of your kitchen.

Tapware

Maybe you have never thought about this, but a cool kitchen tap is something that can make your kitchen space design better.

You can select from a range of finishes and designs, and that can sometimes be quite overwhelming.

If your kitchen is a modern one, then you can select minimalist tapware that has clean and sharp lines and excellent shine finishes.

If your kitchen is country-style or traditional, you can choose a tap with decorative details and curves to complement the look.

Choosing the ideal finish will require you to stay true to your kitchen space’s overall décor, so search according to its theme.

Polished chrome and stainless steel are excellent choices for modern kitchens, while country-style and traditional options can go for copper and brass.

So the entire space can come together, make your tapware finishes align with that of your kitchen appliances and door hardware to create a cohesive look and elevate your interior design.

No matter the type of kitchen fitting you decide to go for, the most important thing is that it fits your style and also the overall theme of your home.

Feng Shui

When people see Lion Dogs outside my house they sometimes say “Surely you don’t believe in Feng Shui” to which my initial answer is “ Not really, but I’m told it works whether you believe it or not.

The real answer is a bit more complicated

A lot of the principles of Feng Shui make good sense in making a house more liveable and welcoming.

Things like:

  • Not having a mirror directly opposite a door.
  • Avoiding long straight passages, or at least breaking them up.
  • Don’t put the bed head in front of, or below, a window/
  • Controlling the amount of clutter.

The reason why Feng Shui has lasted is that these sort of principles work.

They may be passed on in a spiritual language but the principles, like the ten commandments from the Judea/Christian religions, do make sense in a civilised world.

A word of warning is that Feng Shui was developed in the Northern Hemisphere for the conditions that apply there.

When you live in the southern hemisphere some of the directions are reversed and you need some ‘Aussie’ Feng Shui such as:

  • During the day the sun is in the north so open that side of your house to the ‘Phoenix’.
  • The South side needs to be protected from the cold weather by the ‘Turtles Shell’.
  • The sun still rises with the ‘Dragon’ in the East, and Sets in the West with the house protected by the ‘Tiger’ so these two aspects stay the same as the Chinese texts.

And as for the Lion Dogs, well they are a bit of fun and a good conversation point.

What Feng Shui principles work for you?

 

See Design for more posts.

 

3 Tips For A Successful Concrete Driveway Installation On Your Property

Guest Post by Anello Darsen

If you’re planning to upgrade your driveway or you looking for an option to improve your house’s curb appeal, you might want to invest in installing a concrete driveway to your home.

Aside from that, it’s low maintenance because it’s durable enough to stand any vehicle in your garage.

You also have an option to customize it by employing different designs as long as you consider the size, shape, and surface material.

Moreover, a concrete driveway is considered a big investment.

You can always attempt to do the job of installing it on your own, but it’s not usually a good idea.

Since the project is large-scale and often ridden with errors, you should leave the process to the professionals.

In line with that, read below for other tips to have a successful concrete driveway installed on your property.

Estimate Budget

Hiring the right professionals that can install your new concrete driveway first needs to have a plan from you which specifies your needs and preferences.

You have to know two things which are the total square meterage of your concrete driveway and what you expect it to appear after the job.

To know more about concrete driveways’ estimated costs, Concrete Driveways Adelaide and other companies can provide you with more information.

The cost of a concrete driveway is determined via careful calculation rather than the price per square metre.

Asking the latter could get you overcharged most of the time.

Once you receive the estimated price for your new concrete driveway, make sure to review the contract and make sure you get a reasonable price.

Get to three bids before concluding your final decision.

You must note that the price should not be solely dependent on a single deciding factor.

You must consider the quality of the work, experience, and reputation before making a final decision.

Obtain Permit

A residential driveway provides car access for a single-detached house.

Before you plan to build a concrete driveway to your house, you should check your local council to see if you need to get a permit.

This depends on where you live. In Australia, there are two types of applications for residential driveways, these are self-assessment and full assessment.

The difference between the two are:

  • Self-assessment: This enables you to assess your compliance against your city council’s requirements. This should be accurate and causes no negative impacts on the environment. For more information, check your council’s ordinances.
  • Full assessment: This provides you added assistance in designing a driveway that complies with your Council’s standards. To apply, you must submit a site plan with the area of the proposed driveway and complete an online application on Council property. Your property will be inspected within 20 working days by a Council officer to complete the assessment. Be prepared for other approvals if there’s a detected impediment in the path of your proposed driveway.

As for driveways not associated with a single-detached house, you should maintain your concrete driveways are safe and comply with your local city council requirements.

This includes the curb and channel.

Plan Size, Shape, and Route

You might encounter a dilemma of how you’ll manage to install a concrete driveway due to the constrained topography of your property.

It could be difficult to pinpoint the desirable spot for the slope of your driveway.

It should neither be too flat nor too steep.

If it’s too flat, drainage will become a problem.

On the other hand, if it’s too steep, the surface will become slippery and dangerous.

Another general rule is that your concrete driveway should be around three meters wide.

If you have a huge space, you can provide a larger area at the top for additional parking when needed.

As for the shape, your decision is partly based on its aesthetic value and its functionality, such paths to consider includes:

  • Curved: It adds more impression and depth rather than a straight driveway.
  • Straight: You can opt for this if you have limited space or a very short distance from the street to your garage.
  • Circular: You should consider this if you live on a busy street because it provides the option of not having to back out.

Takeaways

Deciding to build a concrete driveway for your home is a big investment.

Whether you’re planning to improve your house’s curb appeal or upgrading your old and tattered driveway, you should always plan.

Concrete driveways are durable enough so it needs little to no maintenance. You can also customize it depending on your preferences.

You can opt for building your concrete driveway or hiring a contractor for the job.

Although, it’s usually recommended to hire a contractor because it’ll save you the hassle and avoid errors that will soon cost you money.

 

Anello Darsen Anello Darsen is a real estate supervisor. He’s been in the industry for 10 years. He shares his skills by training aspiring real estate agents. He also writes blog posts and guest posts. Anello enjoys hiking and camping during his free time.

Costs for Variations Compared with Retail Price

One area of annoyance for home buyers is when they want to vary something and the variation price is much more than the difference between retail prices.

For Example

An example is the builders standard oven may be $700 at your local discount store while the oven you want is $1100.

When you ask for a variation you may be quoted an extra $700 or more.

Even if you buy the oven and supply it to the builder he may only offer a cost reduction of $400 rather than the $700 you expected!

Why?

What’s the reason for the extra $300 over the retail price difference? . . . . . . .Well its not always the builder ripping you off.

A big builder is possibly buying over 100, or more of the same type of oven so he may be able to buy them direct from the manufacturer for less than $500.

When it comes to buying the different oven the builder is only buying one so he might be unable to get much if any discount.

The difference in price to the builder is thus around $600. Even if you buy the oven the builder only saves $500.

They may also have extra costs due to

  • Organising and administration of a single purchase,
  • Installation costs because the different oven may not build into the kitchen cupboards as easily as the builders standard oven.

I hope this helps you understand that some ‘additional’ costs can sometimes be justified.

6 Must-Include Items In Your Preventative Home Maintenance Checklist

Guest Post by Olivia Madison

To ensure everything in your home is in good condition and functional, you’ll need to implement preventive home maintenance.

While you can’t go all out with buying everything a hardware and home depot store has to offer, there are basic tools or equipment that are already helpful enough to get you through effective home maintenance.

Home maintenance is about practising and doing simple chores and tasks daily or periodically to avoid some of the most common household problems.

Thus, repair or cleaning tools are worth having to get the job done right.

This article identifies some of the most common tools and equipment you’ll need to keep your home well maintained.

Hammer

One of the essential tools in a preventative home maintenance checklist is a hammer.

Each type of hammer also has a different purpose.

Regardless of its type, you can do so much with it, such as for general carpentry.

For instance, you can use a hammer if you need to fix damage to your furniture, fix a protruding nail in your house, or ensure that the decorative items on your wall are hung properly.

In addition, hammers are useful in maintaining your roof.

If the damage is not that major to call for a roofing re-do, you can use a hammer to remove or fix damaged shingles.

All that’s left to do is to get the required materials from a store that offers Sydney roofing supplies to fix your roof.

Ladder

A ladder is a beneficial tool when cleaning and checking damage in your house.

With a ladder, you can reach higher areas in your home when doing the inspection and home maintenance.

For instance, a ladder is helpful when you’re cleaning your windows, repainting your walls, getting rid of cobwebs, and accessing your roof’s gutter to remove leaves and dirt.

Vacuum Cleaner

A vacuum cleaner is another item that’s very important to have in your preventative home maintenance checklist.

Every day, you may want to vacuum the high traffic areas of your home, like your kitchen and dining area, to get rid of crumbs and food droppings after every meal.

Doing so will prevent dirt build-up on your floor or carpet, allowing you to avoid ants in your house.

For the rest of the house, a vacuum cleaner is also essential, as you need to vacuum your bedrooms and living rooms at least once a week to keep them clean and ensure that your rugs and carpets are in good condition.

Hence, go for a vacuum cleaner with multiple attachments.

You can easily change the attachment according to the dusting chore you need to do for the day.

When you vacuum your home, you’re keeping it clean and free from dust or dirt.

This way, you can also keep your family healthy, as you can avoid allergies due to dust.

A Good Sponge

Sponges are very versatile and essential when maintaining your home.

You can use it to clean the interior of your home, exterior, and even small and delicate areas.

For instance, in the bathrooms, if your tiles are too delicate for a brush, using a sponge is a good alternative. Giving it that good clean can avoid the build-up of moulds and mildew, which can be damaging to your home and health.

With a tool as small and straightforward as a sponge, you can do so much in your effort for preventive home maintenance.

Wrench

A wrench is also an essential tool in your home maintenance checklist.

A wrench can be used to tighten bolts and nuts.

This item is also useful to ensure your plumbing system is functional and in good condition, as you can use a wrench to dismantle taps and unscrew or tighten your pipes and pipe fittings.

As there are different types of wrenches, get the one that fits your home maintenance needs.

Pliers

As a multipurpose tool, pliers are essential to have in your home maintenance checklist, especially when doing electrical or electronic work.

In general, you can use pliers to cut, strip, or bend wires, hold objects, as well as bend and twist thin metals.

By having pliers at home, you can easily do your basic maintenance tasks.

Conclusion

Having the right tools is crucial to keeping your home well maintained.

The list above are only the basic tools, but they’re already great to have in your preventive home maintenance checklist.

By having the right equipment, you can easily do the tasks that are required to avoid any damage to your house.

This way, you can finally be on top of keeping your home well-maintained.

 

Author Bio: Olivia Madison is the founder of a home repair service company. She’s been working in the industry for five years now. When she’s not helping her clients with home repairs, she enjoys writing on her home maintenance blog. She’s also passionate about helping her clients with proactive measures, going beyond fixing their homes.

Plumbing – Kitchen and Laundry

Make sure you have thought about all the following plumbing fittings:

Kitchen

There are a wide range of sinks the choice is a lot wider than one basin or two so you need to spend some time looking at various options.

Similarly there a wide range of mixers.

Boiled /Chilled Water Service used to be an office fitting but they are becoming more common in homes. (I think they can waste a fair bit of energy and are a scalding safety riskn so I can’t recomend them myself).

Dishwasher are normally installed as cold fill but there are some hot and cold fill machines around or you can just use the hot water.

If you like refrigerators with a chilled water you will need a water supply to the refridgerator location..

Butlers Pantry

In many larger houses a Butlers Pantry is included rather than a simple larder.

This is somewhere where the messy part of food preparation can be done when you are entertaining.

Depending on how much room you have these can be almost second kitchens so they may need a similar range of plumbing fittings

Laundry

Do you really want a laundry trough?…….. why not have a standard sink basin?

If you go for a trough why not think about a smaller size.

Whatever your choice you will need either a mixer or taps.

Washing machine – although you may only have a cold fill machine its always worth getting a hot water service installed.

People that do a lot of gardening like a toilet with wash basin off the laundry to avoid them going through the house with dirty boots.

Roof Water / Recycled Water

With roof water tanks and recycled water becoming more common in suburban properties you need to think about where you will use this supply, which has to be kept separate from the mains supply.

Will it be toilets only? or are you going to use it for the laundry?

Its simpler if you live on a rural block because it will be all roof water!…………. If so I would seriously think about a domestic water filter, although I wouldn’t bother for a suburban house with mains water.

Addititionally

My son is a concretor and I work for a drainage company so my wife prefers to wash our overalls in an old washing machine on the back veranda and keep the newer washing machine for her clothes and our non work outfits.

 

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