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15 d15 dRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

With the cellar done and the stone retaining walls all but finished we have been working on putting up poles. Poles for the verandahs and some internal. Those that will…

29 d29 dRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Just finished the last of the stone retaining walls. This one on the east side has the cellar door in it.

EcoStay building project
1 month1 monthRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

20 bags of cement, a couple of ute loads of stone, a load of sand from the bag paddock, two cement mixers and a couple of hours.

We now have a…

EcoStay building project
1 month1 monthRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

We are only using the concrete blocks for building the cellar. We wanted something that was cheap, easy and quick and would (when filled with concrete & rebar) hold the…

1 month1 monthRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

No, haven't done. The entire structure will be underneath our building and above the natural ground level. The site is also extremely well drained, we don't even get puddles during…

1 month1 monthRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

I've always wanted a cellar. The back end on the house is 2 meters high and will be back filled with soil before we build a studio on it. Seems…

2 months2 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Concrete grinding went well. First run with 40 grit then 70 and lastly 120. Only took me a few hours. We'll come back after we've finished building and work our…

EcoStay building project
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2 months2 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

So, while waiting for the concrete to harden we cranked up the homemade sawmill and milled some jarrah for the stairs. Solid steps, 350 x 180mm. Not quite sure how…

2 months2 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

The concrete pour went perfectly.
In the bedroom we will have polished concrete so we crushed about 100 bottles and added the glass to the wet concrete.

We'll hire a concrete grinder…

2 months2 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Ready for the truck tomorrow morning.

EcoStay building project
2 months2 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Preparation for our concrete pour in 3 days. There will be 2 pours for this build; downstairs and then the studio.
Weather looks like it will be good.

EcoStay building project
3 months3 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

Between winter storms and outside (off property) commitments, work on constructing the retaining walls continues.
We're also preparing for the lower level slab to be poured. This includes positioning all the…

5 months5 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

We've got a lot of these stone retaining walls to build, starting at 300mm high and some going up over head height as they go downhill. We found some very…

EcoStay building project
5 months5 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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…

5 months5 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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…

6 months6 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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.…

6 months6 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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…

6 months6 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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…

7 months7 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
7 months7 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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7 months7 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
8 months8 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…

8 months8 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

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