Construction (36)

Heating

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Tuesday June 6; Tuesday June 13 The Best Laid Plans The original idea for heating 60k House was to install a small wood heater. Actually, the initial plan was to see how effective the passive thermal design was before deciding if I even needed any additional heating. I wasn’t around for winter last year –…

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Decks

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Saturday April 30 2016; Monday May 2 2016; Saturday May 7 / Sunday May 8 2016; Thursday January 26 2017 More floor The act of building the decks didn’t take that long – finishing them, and then writing about it, has taken ages. There are two decks at 60k House: the bathroom deck (nicknamed ‘the…

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Saturday November 12; Tuesday January 3; Wednesday February 8 Under the Milky Way I moved into 60k House last Easter, right after walking the Overland Track. We spent six nights in the Tassie wilderness, trying to get a wash each day. The thought of showering outside at home, even in cold weather, didn’t faze me.…

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Tuesday January 26; Friday April 15; Wednesday April 20; Monday April 25; Sunday May 15 Early days The bathroom has been a long time in the making – we had a working toilet by November 2015 but only recently has the rest of the room been nearly completed (still a few little things to finish…

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Doors

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Tuesday December 22, 2015; Monday May 2, 2016; Friday May 13, 2016; Monday January 2, 2017 Keeping it simple 60k House has a total of six doors: three internal and three external. That’s not a lot of doors, so it pays to get them right. We didn’t get them right the first time. Being resourceful…

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Windows

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Wednesday September 30 2015, Tuesday November 10 2015, Friday May 13 2016, Monday November 21 2016 An eternity Windows – eek. They have been the bane of this project. What started out as a design generator – four double glazed units, roughly the same width as an apple crate, picked up for free – has…

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Electrical

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Friday April 15, Tuesday April 19, Thursday May 12 More power Just before Christmas Alan the electrician had ‘livened’ up one circuit for power. Those three internal powerpoints were all we had to work with onsite for months (plus the two powerpoints in the meter box that we had before). Needless to say having more…

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Lighting

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Friday April 15, Thursday May 12 Process of elimination Wow! There are so many lights to choose from! Thankfully I was able to eliminate most on the basis they were either: a) hideously looking, or b) prohibitively expensive, or c) hideous and expensive. Once you cull the crap and costly the options are limited. Thankfully…

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Cladding

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Monday May 2, Wednesday May 4 / Thursday May 5 / Friday May 6 Reality Machining the weatherboards had been a major disappointment – we didn’t have nearly enough. The shortfall meant we only had enough boards to complete around half of the cladding. The west wall cops most of the weather, and we were…

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Friday April 29 An Early Idea It was the idea right from the start to reference local apple crates: not just for the symbolism of the local fruit growing history, or the rustic, rural aesthetic, but for practical reasons too. Several trees had to be cleared for bushfire purposes and I wanted to make use…

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