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4 d4 dRuffTuffRuffTuff 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?
8 d8 dRuffTuffRuffTuff 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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20 d20 dRuffTuffRuffTuff 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…

28 d28 dRuffTuffRuffTuff 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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1 month1 monthRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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…

1 month1 monthRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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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1 month1 monthRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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
2 months2 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…

3 months3 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…

3 months3 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
3 months3 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…

4 months4 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.

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4 months4 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
5 months5 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…

5 months5 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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
6 months6 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…

6 months6 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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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6 months6 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
6 months6 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…

6 months6 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…

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7 months7 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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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7 months7 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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.

7 months7 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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While we're waiting for Wednesday's concrete delivery we are preparing the timber for the stairs. We milled it some time ago and it's been drying under cover. These timbers are…

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7 months7 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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We've crushed up hundreds of bottles and now have about 250kg of glass standing by ready to add to the concrete floors.

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7 months7 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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Ready for the concrete trucks. This sand has packed down so hard it's like digging into concrete.
All our levels are looking good and we have a nice cool day forecast…

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7 months7 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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Concrete trucks are ordered for Wednesday...better get the formwork in place!

7 months7 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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It was quite an effort getting the 10.5m roof panels up 6m with each weighing 126kg. We had to fashion up a crane from some old trusses.

But it's all…

7 months7 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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The floor joists are in and we have a temporary floor in place. The building is taking shape.

8 months8 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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Our roofing panels have arrived....to much excitement here.
At 10.5m long the driver did well to get up the driveway.
We're going to work on the subfloor bearers and joists next so…

EcoStay building project
8 months8 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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Working on backfilling the space behind our stone retaining walls.

Sure is nice to have some level ground to work on.

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