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7 d7 dRuffTuffRuffTuff 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 month1 monthRuffTuffRuffTuff 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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2 months2 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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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2 months2 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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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3 months3 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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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3 months3 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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…

4 months4 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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…

4 months4 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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
4 months4 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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?
4 months4 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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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5 months5 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

We've got the kitchen walls up to window height now

We've also made the window frames and installed the windows. They're double glazed thermally broken aluminium & PVC. The frames we…

5 months5 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Spending Sunday morning working in the kitchen
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Building walls is always so satisfying as progress is so visible and marked.

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5 months5 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Hi Edward.
Yes, we have stacks of off-cuts.

We've been using it for all kinds of things.
Here at the back door we've made a little bench seat so I can sit to…

5 months5 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

We put the tree through the sawmill.

And produced some fantastic timber. The two uprights are 350 x 150 at 2.4m long and the head timber is 350 x 100 and…

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5 months5 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

We're at the point now where we need to order the large double sliding doors for the front of the house that will lead onto the verandah. These doors will…

EcoStay building project
6 months6 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

We got all the flashing installed last week and that's really tidied the roofing up nicely.
Now for the guttering. We've chosen a 150mm half round gutter. The gutter clips offered…

7 months7 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

I reckon you'd have no trouble getting a room done with one days hire of the equipment. A whole house might take two days. Cost is around $500 including the…

7 months7 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

I'm no expert in polished concrete. This will be our first floor in polished concrete. We've already done a test sample and we like the look.

We polished this…

EcoStay building project
7 months7 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

All the downstairs walls are now up to the floor of the upper level. Time to catch up on some wiring and plumbing jobs. This work takes time but shows…

8 months8 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Progress update. This is the easy part just about done. From here on up we're going to be working on scaffold.

EcoStay building project
8 months8 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

One of the walls will be curved. This was originally planned to be a straight square corner however the idea of curving it instead stuck with us. Now it's becoming…

EcoStay building project
9 months9 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

We're building a wall in the downstairs bedroom. This particular wall will be mudbrick and about 3m long. It has no windows or other features.
So, we've decided to put…

9 months9 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

The store room walls are just about done. The walls are 350mm thick and offer great protection from the outside environment. We wanted a couple of small windows on the…

EcoStay building project
10 months10 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

We have a dam that will (depending on summer rain) almost dry out by summer's end.

Once the water level is low enough we can drive the tractor in and dig…

10 months10 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

We've had a change in the weather (it's been cooler and a few showers) so not really mudbrick making weather. There are now over 600 stored under cover.

We've taken…

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10 months10 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Last year we made enough mudbricks to complete this project, however since then we used a heap to build a kitchen for the studio and we've also made a few…

EcoStay building project
10 months10 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

We're going to be needing about 45 square meters of decking boards later. We have this huge Wandoo in our front yard that died four or five years ago.

So we've…

10 months10 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

We hired a concrete grinder for a day and ground the floors to reveal the glass. We've gone down to 120 grit and now sealed it. Once the walls are…

EcoStay building project
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11 months11 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

While we're watching the concrete set we've made a start on the stairs. It will be a curved staircase and as you've seen, the steps are of solid Jarrah. We'll…

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11 months11 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

It was a big day here. Fifteen cubic meters of concrete went into the floor.

And we added the crushed glass.

Should come up nicely when we grind it back.

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