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2 d2 dRuffTuffRuffTuff 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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16 d16 dRuffTuffRuffTuff 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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20 d20 dRuffTuffRuffTuff 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.

23 d23 dRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

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
23 d23 dRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

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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25 d25 dRuffTuffRuffTuff 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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26 d26 dRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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Concrete trucks are ordered for Wednesday...better get the formwork in place!

29 d29 dRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

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…

1 month1 monthRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

The floor joists are in and we have a temporary floor in place. The building is taking shape.

1 month1 monthRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

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
2 months2 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.

EcoStay building project
2 months2 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
EcoStay building project

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…

2 months2 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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…

3 months3 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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
3 months3 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…

EcoStay building project
3 months3 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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…

3 months3 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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…

3 months3 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff 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…

3 months3 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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3 months3 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…

4 months4 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…

4 months4 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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Ready for the truck tomorrow morning.

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4 months4 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
4 months4 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…

6 months6 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
7 months7 monthsRuffTuffRuffTuff posted:
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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…

7 months7 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…

8 months8 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.…

8 months8 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…

8 months8 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…

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