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The Retro Fit

 The west-awning

Western aspect with new skillion awning

The simple skillion roof was built over the western wall of the house and serves five important functions.

1. It protects the kitchen entrance  from  wind and rain, reducing the impact of weathering on the building and providing shelter .

2. It protects the western wall of the house from heating up  when the afternoon  summer sun hits

3.The gap at the top allows the hot air to flow up and out from the wall of the house.

4. It allows the kitchen door to stay open  in rainy weather, providing natural ventilation during a humid time of the year.

tanks

Tanks installed to capture rain off the roof

5. It provides another vertical surface to grow food or other “green wall” vegetation

straw-bale-shelter

Straw bale shelter for the garden volunteers

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