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4 d4 dRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

We easily got through our first winter, maintaining a warm cosy house with the solar passive design and fireplace. We didn't use any power for heating, even all our hot…

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13 d13 dRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Throughout the build we've had "free" electricity as we have a 5kW grid feed solar system on our old house. We've had a 47c / kWh feed-in tariff and we…

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4 months4 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

An interesting side note to the slow combustion stove we built.

Mounted on top of the oven chamber is an old compressor we had collected many years ago and had been…

4 months4 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

It's the middle of winter and although the house isn't particularly cold we still wanted a slow combustion stove. So, off to the "treasure" pile and knock something up. Lots…

5 months5 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

One of the final internal jobs are our office desks.

I put aside these jarrah slabs when I was milling the structural timbers a few years ago. Perfect to knock…

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5 months5 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

The bathroom basin and the kitchen sinks are now installed and plumbed.

We made up our own tapware from odd plumbing fittings and window handles we had laying around.
And the bathroom…

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6 months6 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Now we've done most of the bigger dirtier outside jobs we've turned our attention to the finer indoor finishings. And first off, the benchtops. We had the option of timber…

6 months6 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Our site has a bit of a slope and with recent (and welcome) rains we were able to see how the water moves around the building.
With the removed vegetation…

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8 months8 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

For the past few years we have been slowly collecting pavers. Whenever we had the time and energy we would scroll through the free Gumtree ads and haul them back…

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8 months8 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

We've fitted all the doors to the studio area and it has transformed the area into rooms. That might sound obvious but previously it felt more like a shed
.
These double…

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8 months8 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Well, the rest of the studio is now built. It used a lot more mudbricks than originally anticipated due to sizes of doors, windows etc. But the weather has been…

9 months9 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Importing materials from overseas

I imported my evacuated tube solar hot water systems. Got a few modifications done at the factory to suit my setup. Saved about 70%

10 months10 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Program/app for designing home

I guess if you're not actually building it yourself ie; engaging others to do the work, then they would most likely prefer computer generated plans. However if you are genuinely…

10 months10 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Program/app for designing home

A pencil and paper. Gives you total freedom to express your desires without the hassle of conforming to software constraints and without the "learning curve".
You've lived in houses before, right?…

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11 months11 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Working on the west wall of the studio now.
A few years ago a friend gave us a round jarrah window frame. We've been looking for a spot to fit it…

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11 months11 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Attached to the back of the house will be a studio space (somewhat larger than the house). Now that summer is well and truly upon us we've gone back to…

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12 months12 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

We've now finished tiling the bathroom walls

Including the shower stall.

Just got a couple of connections to complete for the waste pipe and we'll be able to shower.

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1 year1 yearRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Thanks Amilelka. One of the great benefits of actually doing all the work yourself is that you can constantly modify and customise every single aspect to suit your hearts desires…

1 year1 yearRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

We've laid the bathroom floor tiles.

And the flooring throughout the upstairs area.

Onto the pantry shelves next.
Really feeling like a house now.

1 year1 yearRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Working on the bathroom plumbing and the hot water system today.

1 year1 yearRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

The fireplace plinth is now complete. Very pleased with the result and it provides much valuable thermal mass right where we need it.
There's plumbing inside the wall to connect the…

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1 year1 yearRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Our new build and previous builds are being promoted during this year's Sustainable House Day. So, if you're interested to have a look, book for a free…

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1 year1 yearRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

All the genie bottles are now installed. Glazed on both sides. All 23 of them. We cut all the glass ourselves, mostly from recycled windows
.

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1 year1 yearRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

With the outside walls now complete, we've been working on the mud plaster finish of the internals walls. Also built the stud walls for the bathroom

and pantry.
But my…

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1 year1 yearRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

And the curved wall is finished.
The Jarrah boxes will be double glazed and have genie bottles in them.

Very pleased with the result.

EcoStay building project
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1 year1 yearRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Owner Builder - Are we crazy?

Forget the doomsayers and the negative self interested responses. Give it a red hot go. I've given up full time work and have been working on our house for a…

1 year1 yearRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Big front sliding doors have eventually arrived and are now installed. That should keep the weather out.
Also have the bathroom windows in. Floor to (almost) ceiling glass for the shower…

1 year1 yearRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Back to the curved mudbrick wall. Now working on the top half.

Slow going as we're working higher up and also having to make the jarrah boxes and then lay the…

EcoStay building project
1 year1 yearRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
Are you on the tools?

Taking back the real definition of "Owner Builder".
One year in now. Ours is not as challenging as yours looks to be but we are doing everything ourselves. The only professional…

Are you on the tools?
2 years2 yearsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

So, I made up some curved formwork from scrap MDF and put together a Jarrah frame for this old window.

And I must say that I'm really pleased with the results.

That…

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