OCTOBER update: fireplace, wall windows, & rain collectors

Been very busy with the house so inevitably this blog hasn’t been up-dated recently – apologies.

The attached photo gallery highlights three low impact features:

#1. The fireplace has been made using only reclaimed materials (except the cement)

    • Stand stones from a cafe that closed down and black granite from the bathroom of the derelict house we took down (see earlier demolition blog entries)
    • Unused cement board from our builder

#2. Adding windows to interior walls to allow natural light into interior darker areas of the house.

#3. Adding rainwater collectors around the house. These, once full, direct overflow water back to the main drain. So far we have a capacity to collect about 1500 litres – a third from water collectors from the UK, and the rest from old bathes and water tanks.


About ifd66

From UK and living in Japan. I am very interested in sustainable development and in general ecology and conservation issues and solutions. Finished building a low impact family house in Shiga, Japan in 2013 and am now focused on using permaculture to develop our plot of land into a more sustainable, productive, and attractive space. My hope is that this blog is useful to those interested in similar issues and way of life.
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One Response to OCTOBER update: fireplace, wall windows, & rain collectors

  1. Paul says:

    I found that collecting water in tanks like this, that are open at the top, also tends to attract mosquitos. The solution to this was a gold fish. The tank which holds our fish has no mosquitos, the others…..do. Probably a well known point, but maybe helpful to someone. Some weed for oxygen and our fish has been very happy for 6 1/2 years so far.


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