It looks fairly likely that we might be buying a small 2 bedroom post-war timber home in the suburbs of Ipswich. It's on a 1/4 acre. The plan is to put in a vegge garden in the front and around the house, with a native garden on the nature stip. In the back we hope to put in a food forest with chooks in a paddock shift system. The house has been lived in by the same lady up until she died - I suspect possibly from when it was built! There is a tiny bathroom up one side and the toilet is on the other side down 3 steps into the laundry at the back. The poor dear must have found it hard going when she died in her 90's! Here's a Googlesketch of the basic layout now... View attachment 1335 The toilet is in the far top left corner and the bathroom is the middle room along the bottom wall. I've put a deck on the back although there isn't one yet! The bottom left corner at a 45% angle is North. The plan is to move the 2nd bedroom in to the front room, open up the back wall from the kitchen/dining, and have the back half of the house opening onto a big (4m x 5m) covered deck. Also to extend the bathroom by about a metre and move the main bedroom entry to the hallway, and open up the hallway out in to the entranceway. The deck is to have 2 sets of sliding doors out onto it. Of course we'll have to find out if we can remove the wall between the kitchen and the 2nd bedroom. This is what we HOPE to do! View attachment 1336 Hope this works! Anyway, can anyone suggest what would be a better senario? We've got very limited funds, in fact we'll be doing things as we can afford them. Once we've got the shed up (1st and most vital as we've got 5 bedrooms worth of stuff going into 2!) We plan eventually to insulate the walls and replace the panels with Modakboard, add to the roof insulation, insulate the floors, probably add to the windows to make them double glazed - add a tank/s up to 20k litres and put in a wastewater treatment unit and solar panels. Not much really :sweat: !