Stay at home mum Kristie, and her chemist husband Simon realised it was time to move their expanding family to a place with more space, and purchased their postwar home in the suburbs three years ago. In doing so they were confronted with the choice of renovating an original home or knocking down and building something more generic. While the cheaper option might have been the latter, they were keen to keep the original features of the house and with an empathetic hand, work with what was already there.
With the interior complete they now face the task of dealing with a block just over a quarter acre large. All the original garden features remain almost untouched – the hills hoist, sandstone flagging, “the shed” and the back deck balustrade reminiscent of a 1950’s cruise liner. A common problem faced by most home-owners lies at the back of the house, the connection between the house and garden, and this house is no exception.
While Kristie and Simon may not know what to do with the back garden, they do know that they want to recycle their grey water and install a rain tank, but which one?
In this episode Brendan gives a vintage garden a new lease on life and demystifies rainwater tanks by exploring what options are available and what type of tank is suitable for your garden.