but what about the bricks?

peripat 5 December 2009 31

Am thinking of moving to Canberra, and sure the sunsets and fresh air are great, but where can one live there that isnt a dreary suburban house made of sickly coloured bricks?

Is there any wood? mudbrick? any creativity?


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carriew carriew 5:53 am 14 Nov 15

My business Ritchies Recycled Bricks and Pavers predominantly recycles Canberra Red Bricks – these are lovely bricks. We have been cleaning and reselling these wonderful bricks for nearly 15 years and there is no limit to what you can do with them. Extensions to your existing Canberra Red Brick house, paving and driveways – my driveway has had my son in laws Prime Mover parked on them several times and there are no cracks – pizza ovens, feature walls, letter boxes etc etc

zllauh zllauh 2:32 pm 11 Mar 15

Hey Peripat,

As deye suggested the best bid would be to built your own, which certainly takes a bit of planning and of course saving up a bit of money.

Would certainly recommend a mud brick which will be good for insulation as well .

Give them a quick call http://www.mogomudbricks.com.au/

My 2 cents.

Ceej1973 Ceej1973 8:32 am 09 Dec 09

Peripat. I tried responding to your enquiry ealier, but for some strange reason it didnt get through. Anyway, I cant be bothered retyping my original post, where I invited you to write to moderator for address of house I know that is made of timber, so I will cut to chase and say that there is nice cedar newish house in Hughes Street Ngunnawal. Try and approach them. Not bothered with keeping address off public domaine on this post attempt.

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 4:31 pm 08 Dec 09

I suspect the dearth of wood houses has a lot to do with the market, i.e. people don’t want wood houses. It wouldn’t surprise me if all-wood houses are much more expensive than brick veneer too. That and bricks don’t burn (in Nitrogen and Oxygen anyway).

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 3:28 pm 08 Dec 09

Sustainable House Day always has some good homes on show (even if I say so myself).

There are some nice homes around, but brick veneereal dominates unfortunately. Particularly where large numbers of Defence homes have been rolled out with the only factors considered being cost and speed.

Grail Grail 10:27 am 08 Dec 09

If it’s fibro in Canberra, it’s probably an asbestos risk.

There is plenty of scope to knockdown-rebuild though. When you rebuild you can use any approved building material you care to choose.

wishuwell wishuwell 9:37 am 08 Dec 09

There is a few doors down from me a house that uses straw bales for walls. It looks ok. (no jokes about little pigs please)

Mordd Mordd 11:54 pm 07 Dec 09

Build a house out of bricks made from hemp, stronger thann “normal” bricks, enviromentally friendly, and cheaper too, if only we had a legal and viable hemp industry in this country (getting there, fed government has trials underway at least).

deye deye 1:50 pm 07 Dec 09

spinact said :

trix said :

what’s with building houses without eaves in Australia

I’ve been wondering about that as well. Rendered blue board houses with no eaves yet they get a 5 star energy rating. Somethings not right there.

There’s something not right with a lot of energy efficiency ratings.

spinact spinact 11:32 am 07 Dec 09

trix said :

what’s with building houses without eaves in Australia

I’ve been wondering about that as well. Rendered blue board houses with no eaves yet they get a 5 star energy rating. Somethings not right there.

Thumper Thumper 8:21 pm 06 Dec 09

render is your friend.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 7:47 pm 06 Dec 09

deejay said :

Not much that I’ve seen that’s affordable, I’m afraid. Canberra developments are on the ugly side, for the most part, unless you can afford a nice little 1930s number in Ainslie or Yarralumla.

If you want character homes, and aren’t afraid to commute, look at Goulburn, Yass, Bungendore, Murrumbateman, and Cooma. Goulburn and Cooma are the best for amenities.

Queanbeyan has some fantastic little red brick homes tcuked away in quiet streets, but its as expensive as Canberra these days.

peripat peripat 7:40 pm 06 Dec 09

Thanks for this array of responses…much appreciated…gives me a good overview and I had a good chuckle too 🙂

trix trix 6:33 pm 06 Dec 09

Thanks for the actual answer, wycx.

That sucks – you’d think they’d come up with a quota of 10% of blocks to be private development or something, i.e. for the owner/resident. It’d certainly lend some diversity to these horrible new suburbs.

deejay deejay 12:33 pm 06 Dec 09

Not much that I’ve seen that’s affordable, I’m afraid. Canberra developments are on the ugly side, for the most part, unless you can afford a nice little 1930s number in Ainslie or Yarralumla.

If you want character homes, and aren’t afraid to commute, look at Goulburn, Yass, Bungendore, Murrumbateman, and Cooma. Goulburn and Cooma are the best for amenities. In most of those places (and depending on the size of your car), you’ll save a lot more money on housing than you’ll spend in petrol, too.

wycx wycx 11:17 am 06 Dec 09

Surely everyone thinks you can do a better colour of brick than the ex-gov house brick colour? The govt worked really hard to choose the ugliest colour they could.

trix: If I remember correctly the ACT govt will be releasing a small number of individual blocks in Molonglo for development, but the ACT govt requires you to have everything done within two years. Not so good if you want to do it slow, correctly and without loads of debt.

(In the recent past one or two developers were caught with a bit of land that was well over the two year mark, and I suspect that it was the first time the ACT govt bothered checking in a long time)

qedbynature qedbynature 10:52 am 06 Dec 09

there’s a few camping grounds, you could live in a tent 😉

trevar trevar 9:28 am 06 Dec 09

You may be lucky enough to find a gem, but most likely, as has already been said, you’ll have to build it yourself.

There are some interesting houses described here: http://www.canberrahouse.com/

astrojax astrojax 6:03 am 06 Dec 09

canberra’s famous red bricks are quite fetching – dreary? how?

anyway, if you aren’t so keen, render and paint lime green or something…

sepi sepi 8:45 pm 05 Dec 09

Here’s a concrete and weatherboard number. Twice as cheap as the yarralumla one, and more than twice as ugly!
http://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/act/sale-residential/92-macarthur-place-oconnor-canberra/1316742871411

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