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4 d4 dRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Well, we haven't been idle.
Our site slopes by about five degrees. That works out to about 3.5m height difference between the south west corner and the north east corner. The…

10 d10 dRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
"Cottage", Tiny house build.

Yes, I will use oversized timbers. Where a 150mm floor joist in MGP10 or 12 might be required I will go with 175mm or 200mm seasoned jarrah which would probably…

1 month1 monthRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Building two houses at the same time is as easy as building one....right? Well, that's our theory. Ordering materials, milling of timber, mudbrick making, hire of equipment, organising helpers etc.…

1 month1 monthRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
"Cottage", Tiny house build.

We've just recently received our building permit after three years working on our DA, BAL, engineering, waste water treatments etc etc... We're constructing two buildings. The "Cottage" is the smaller…

1 month1 monthRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

We finally have an actual BUILDING PERMIT.
Now the real work can begin.
We'll be out there tomorrow marking out the site and working out exact heights, retaining walls, excavations etc. The…

2 months2 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Our paperwork is now with the council and we're waiting for our building permit. Fingers crossed.
Meanwhile we're collecting some building ,materials. These free bricks were left over from a commercial…

EcoStay building project
2 months2 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

I guess you haven't met officers from our local council. Fortunately it seems the "troublesome" one is being moved on.
Stone veneer concrete tilt up panels are not for us. We…

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2 months2 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Considering our ongoing issues we've had with council's planning department we have employed a building surveyor to help coordinate and smooth the process. The theory being that council staff may…

EcoStay building project
3 months3 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

The finished job.


Built using stone from the property, our own mudbricks, mud plaster inside and coolroom panels for the roof/ceiling. It's at least 38 outside right now but reasonably cool…

3 months3 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

It’s been 18 months since my last post here. In that time we got our “public building” status and have been running art classes in the studio.
The EcoStay project ground…

2 years2 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Studio (fancy shed) build

Well, we finally got our full council approval!
We already had a 10a approval but then we started running art classes and the authorities deemed we now had to reclassify the…

2 years2 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

The optimistic version is "a few weeks" but the pessimistic version is "probably this year".
So, I guess it's somewhere between the two.

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2 years2 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

So, we're going to need a lot of timber for this build. Big chunky lintels, door frames and structural members to match the mudbrick and natural stonework. We've got jarrah…

2 years2 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

It's been well over a year since I last posted here.
Life came along and intervened. We never got the Owner Builder permit. The builders registration board put up ever…

3 years3 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Owner Building Rammed Earth home in Jimboomba

Don't worry about the cot.....there's a Lucas Mill in there!

3 years3 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Tondelver House - Southern Highlands

You need to maximise the head (the height difference between the water level and the outlet) and minimise the friction loss (ie: maximise the size of your pipes and minimise…

3 years3 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Studio (fancy shed) build

And it works really well.

We lowered a huge log in with the tractor and it took two days to burn out.
(yes.... I did remove my wife before setting it alight)

Studio  (fancy shed) build
3 years3 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Studio (fancy shed) build

No, I think this redhead is already spicy enough!

3 years3 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Studio (fancy shed) build

We have a BIG event coming up at the studio next week so we needed a decent outdoor fire to warm our guests. I had this old dough mixing bowl…

3 years3 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Studio (fancy shed) build

We've been too busy to make updates here so I'm catching up tonight.
The deck area is now complete with recycled brick paving and bush poles for railing.

It also became clear…

3 years3 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Water storage. How much did you have?

Quarter of a million.

3 years3 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Studio (fancy shed) build

If the "flowers" caught your eye, have a look at this "bird" in the garden. We just completed it today and spent the entire afternoon moving it 50m from the…

Studio  (fancy shed) build
3 years3 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Planning permission has come back from council. Next we need to apply for a building permit.

3 years3 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
NEED SOME ADVICE

Yeah, sorry about that rant.
I saw "black roof" and jumped on my hobby horse.

3 years3 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
NEED SOME ADVICE

Here's an interesting and detailed discussion on black roofs, including comments from all the major roofing manufacturers in Australia.
http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/innova ... port/60257
It is also interesting to note how…

3 years3 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Studio (fancy shed) build

We installed it today and right now it's warming every nook and cranny of the studio.

Just love the smell of a bush-wood burning stove.....in winter.
Total cost came in at $23.…

Studio  (fancy shed) build
3 years3 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

That's great. We've had our wood stove in the house going non stop for the past 5 days and you just can't beat the natural warmth it brings to the…

3 years3 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Converting a shed into a teenagers retreat

Get the teenager to do the conversion himself

3 years3 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Brick layer Costs and Fees

Isn't this the Owner Builders Forum?
So, lay them yourself.
I did a 6 week TAFE course, night classes. I learnt the basic technical stuff and techniques, got in some practical work…

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