Here are a few shots of friends who have been helping frame up a new building. Thanks to Brian, Lucy & Gayle for helping and learning at the same time. It’s a great arrangement where everyone benefits. We share skills & social engagement, while the job quietly gets done!
Second day of work on the house started on a very social note with Chris and Rachael separately dropping by to check out what we were up to, then our fabulous Italian helpers who drove up from Melbourne…
With Jim & Christoph fixing the frame for the West wall together, Andrea, Valentina and I got the exotic job – shovelling clay and levelling areas adjacent to the slab so we can set up scaffolding and work easily once we start erecting the frame.
Although he is currently working as a pastrychef, it turns out Andrea is an electrician, so he helpfully re-fitted the lead to my small power saw.
Bracing strap was added to both side walls, then we decided we better stand one up and see how ridiculously high we’d made it… oh boy!
Christoph tells me he loves how high it is and that being super high will create a sense of space inside. I did design the thing, and having got to this stage I’m sticking with the plan, but I’m confessing here & now that it might be too high! For the technically minded, it is 3 m at the front and 2.7 m at the rear. Most homes in Australia are now built with 2.4 high ceilings.
Mmmmm…. we’ll see! 🙂