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7 d7 dRuffTuffRuffTuff 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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8 d8 dRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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
23 d23 dRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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…

2 months2 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
2 months2 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…

2 months2 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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2 months2 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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
2 months2 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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…

3 months3 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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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3 months3 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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3 months3 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.

3 months3 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…

EcoStay building project
3 months3 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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3 months3 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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3 months3 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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Concrete trucks are ordered for Wednesday...better get the formwork in place!

3 months3 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…

4 months4 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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The floor joists are in and we have a temporary floor in place. The building is taking shape.

4 months4 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
4 months4 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

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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4 months4 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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All the poles are up now. The building now looks like a shape that could be a house!
We scored the use of an old truck mounted cherry picker (ex electricity…

5 months5 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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…

5 months5 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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Just finished the last of the stone retaining walls. This one on the east side has the cellar door in it.

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5 months5 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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…

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5 months5 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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…

5 months5 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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…

6 months6 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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…

6 months6 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…

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6 months6 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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…

6 months6 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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…

6 months6 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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Ready for the truck tomorrow morning.

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