Re: EcoStay building project22
Apr 18, 2018 10:52 pm
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 site is on a slope and there's about a 3m difference between the NE and SW corners so the more we can go down, the less we'll have to build up. However the site is mostly solid bedrock.
Re: EcoStay building project24
Apr 22, 2018 12:51 pm
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. Benefiting from economies of scale...albeit on a very small scale.
The main building is a two storey mudbrick house built on a slope. It also has two large studios at the back. We're calling this one the "Eco-stay".
The second building is a tiny house of 20 square meters floor space. This one is on flat ground and also from mudbrick. This one we call the "Cottage".
To simplify things for those that might read this blog, I'll start a new thread for the Cottage build here.
Re: EcoStay building project25
May 20, 2018 10:09 pm
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 back half of the building is actually two studios and will be on a concrete slab. So this area needs to be made level. The ground here is solid rock with a light covering of gravel so that precludes cutting into the slope. (unless we had buckets of money and access to huge machines) And we'd rather go up than down anyway.
We have plenty of stone on our property so we're building retaining walls from the stuff. The walls are as thick at the base as they are high, forming a 45 degree slope at the back. So, from the front you see what looks like a nice rock wall, but behind that are tonnes and tonnes of rocks. Each morning we go out with the ute and bring back a tonne of rocks, then build a little more retaining wall.
Re: EcoStay building project26
Jun 04, 2018 4:40 am
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 cheap concrete leach drain modules (new) so we're going to include these in the wall. They will serve as storage "nooks" for storing firewood etc. They also replace a lot of stone work. We stand them on their end and pour a concrete floor inside. We've made up some form work and cast reinforced concrete for use as a lid.
Re: EcoStay building project27
Aug 01, 2018 2:31 pm
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 steel poles that help support the upper level. These steel poles will eventually be completely encased inside the mudbrick walls.
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