Roderick James Architects wanted us to build with Clay Blocks. An environmentally friendly material (clay), cleverly engineered with natural insulation and thermal mass, but very expensive. Mike Hope said that we could afford this system because it is so simple that we could lay the blocks ourselves. I could imagine that indeed, we could lay the blocks, but knowing when and how to stop seemed to be an entirely different and much more difficult problem. How to know when you’ve reached a door or a window and what you do when you get there, REALLY worried me. More
Now you might think that Carpenter Oak magic at Easterdown is something to do with magic’ing up this gorgeous timber frame. Yes that’s part of it. But it doesn’t stop there, I’ve always thought that the guys from Carpenter Oak are ‘super’ men, but read on – you’ll believe a Carpenter can fly! More
Carpenter Oak were supposed to take three days to erect this frame. I reckon they will be ready to leave here at 11am tomorrow morning. They don’t hang around! More
More progress this week – the rallying cry is “onward and upward!” More
Lots happening here – Foundations in. blocks started, more log store activity this week
Ropes were the theme of yesterday. Started the day learning about rope halters for sheep milking and ended up rigging the bed platform!
Sunday was scheduled for platforms and winches but
Day 2 of Groundworks – WOW that was quick! More
It’s not ALL work at Easterdown. Our first visitor! More
Still struggling to get more done. Brilliant photogenic weather last week doesn’t help (no excuse!)
Opened my eyes this morning and what did I see?
No days off for us, unlike our neighbours with the steam engine!
I keep asking myself the above question. Trying not to stumble under massive irony – We have phone and internet at Easterdown, but at the cottage where we are staying someone accidentally put a chainsaw through the telephone line, so no internet/email/voip in the evenings. Tough to arrange stuff, but we’re still progressing –
We are now out of West Acres but not quite at Easterdown. Up on the Brendon Hills, half a mile away from Easterdown. More
So what have we been up to? 2 weeks ago, finally got onto the ceilings
Just a cheapie – to see if my slightly mad idea about old typefaces is legible enough. Other than that just pushing on with the fit out.
Are we building a house, or is this really just an excuse for getting an education? Both of us are really enjoying learning carpentry skills from Mike Roberts.
Flue in, floor and bathroom underway, all we need is a plumber….
We HAVE to move in soon, this Cabin is so lovely in the sunlight: More
What a Stunner! So nice to see the Cabin with no scaffolding (angle of photo hides Mike Roberts small scaffolding to the east….) Started Floor today, took admiring photos of Esse and Frame
Dropped in to Easterdown today and suddenly it no longer looks a construction, it looks like a home More
Technically speaking, there is now an opening to what will be the front door to the Cabin. Roof nearly done and 4 of the 6 roof lights in.
Dropped in to Easterdown yesterday. Roof well underway and one roof light already installed. Really starting to look like a home. More
Yes, it did. Well, two and a half, actually. This has to be the future. Self builders living in micro cabins, well insulated, beautiful, sustainable construction, and this becomes part of the final house. Plus we get to try out lighting, heating, electricity and cooking off grid and see what works and what doesn’t before we commit to the whole house. A microcosm of our future lifestyle. More
When I showed up this afternoon, Thursday, what did I see? More
3 weeks later and Carpenter Oak bring the cabin to Easterdown. This transformation in 3 days is astounding. More
Or I probably should say, 3 weeks. This has been an incredibly busy time. Click for photo diary of just how quick the house came down and the Cabin goes up. More