Spring is here and that means more Workaway helpers… so more work on projects. It’s been a busy week! We made the roof timbers and erected them…
Eave linings are a pain to put in place after you’ve put on the roof or walls, so before adding any other cladding, we cut, painted and erected the eave linings.
The eave linings we done and it was 4.30 pm on Tuesday. Rain forecast for Wednesday so I asked the guys if they’d mind pushing on with the roof. Everyone was up for it so we worked another 2 hours and put the roof on!
Wednesday morning dawns…. and no rain! Sweet! OK, let’s put the window in before it rains…
Still no rain, so let’s just carry on! My brother had donated some off-cut iron from a building project and we reckoned it was about enough to clad the South wall.
Now it’s Thursday morning, so we’ve got another big day today with extra helpers coming for the Tiny House skillshare. Because I’ve got 3-4 helpers for the next few weeks, we’ll probably have 2 people working on the Olive House each day… so expect big progress. Christoph leaves in early November and wants to be the first person to sleep in the Olive House. Will we make it? Dunno, but I better get out and get too it!
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.
We kicked off the series of ‘Tiny House Thursdays’ last week. The slab has well & truly settled down and is ready for something to be built on it! We’re starting with the Olive House, so named because it has a lovely olive tree established next to it.
Christoph & I had cleared out a workspace at the front of the workshop. Jim joined us for the day and we made some good progress.
After working out our plans, we started framing up the West wall, on the floor.
We needed to stack up some more timber (all salvaged from pallets)
Jim & Christoph carting timber from the back of the ute to the stack.
and there’s the glorious stack, with a tarp to keep it dry & shaded.
Here’s Jim positioning a noggin before hitting it with the nail gun.
At the end of day one, we had a West wall finished – which we can now use as a template for the matching East wall. Sweet!
(If you’re free on Thursdays, we’re working on the tiny house every Thursday in September & October… let us know you’re coming, though, please!)
We’re putting a little shed up at one end of a long screening fence. The fence will come later. We’re getting the shed up now. It is 2.4 x 4m which means it does not require a building or planning permit. We’ll build it solid and wonderful, of course, because we want to be good stewards of our resources, hate repeating work and because we want to prove that a patient amateur builds as well as a rushed professional.
Jackie & Clement set up the four corner posts after Clement did a marathon job digging the holes (some of them were pretty nasty!)
Yesterday, Clem and I put up the rest of the posts. Today, Jackie & Clem took turns digging out shallow trenches for the concrete form work, and painting the posts.
They line up pretty well, too, those posts!
The plan is to erect 3 buildings of about this size (all under the magic 10 sq metres); the other two will be for WWOOFers to stay in. (Think old school ‘sleep out’ but funky design, solar passive orientation, good insulation and NOT made out of 1960’s asbestos sheeting)