Share our trials and tribulations as we build our new home - a custom Dominico by Fairmont Homes NSW

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Whirlybirds and Solar Are In

Our usual weekend drive past the block revealed that we have a whirlybird (a last minute addition) and solar panels! There will be a second whirlybird installed in the roof above the alfresco area. They make a significant difference to insulating your home, so we hope to reap the benefits in our power bills.

Our cladding is also all done, most of the balcony has a ceiling and we have downpipes! The first layer of render has also been completed. I am stoked. It is all looking fantastic.

Here are the pics:

Our whirlybird and solar panels! Neither are visible from our street, though you can see them coming up the main street in our estate (where this pic was taken from), but they don't steal the focus.

All clad, balcony ceiling almost complete and first stage of render done.

LOVE the cladding colour. I wanted a nice creamy colour to relate to the cream in the bricks and main internal wall colour. I also think it will help lighten/soften the facade. Have I mentioned that I also love the gable? I don't think I was ever excited about it before, but it's just beautiful.

I love that the sides of our house aren't just big walls of brick. I also think our downpipes and guttering tie-in seamlessly and are a good transition between the dark roof and cream cladding.

Another shot of the back roof. (Mick was so chuffed)

Hopefully everything stays on track for data-cabling and lock-up this weekend...

EDIT 22/10/2012: We've realised that the solar panels are in the wrong place (click here for plan). We had planned on adding to them over the years, so now it's on to our Builder to see if current placement will effect that and why they're in the wrong place. Maybe there's a reason...


  1. Looking great! The Whirlly Bird will make a huge difference; especially as your roofing is dark in colour! Good luck with the cabling!
    x KL

    1. Thanks so much KL. I've never lived in a house with them before, but have been told they're great. I hadn't even thought of the fact that our roof is dark, you're absolutely right! Mick is very proud of his whirlybird, but we've just realised that the solar panels are in the wrong place...We really want to be able to add more panels down the track, so I hope the current placement won't effect that.

  2. Looking great Ash! Absolutely love the colour of the cladding. Your house has got it's best clothes on now! Hope you have fun hanging out at the house while the data cabling goes in.

    1. Haha Laurenb, I think I will avoid the house when the cabling's happening! :)

      Thanks again for your kind words. I can't wait to see the render done!!!