If you’ve never endured a major renovation project, you would probably not believe how much space building material can take up. This is definitely the case with us, especially as we have quite a lot of materials saved up for future sub-projects of the build. The only thing we could do, was spend some time organising building materials so that we could access it easily and keep our work environment safe for us all.Continue reading Organising Building Materials
Our last concrete mixer refurbishment was a bit of a flop. Despite all the work, the motor still stalled every time you tipped it over when it was running. So we had the tough decision to make; buy another concrete mixer or buy a new motor. In the interim, we hired a concrete mixer whenever we decided to pour some concrete. Then, unexpectedly, we found another second hand one at a bargain we could not refuse. Once again we found ourselves rebuilding a concrete mixer.Continue reading Rebuilding a Concrete Mixer (Again)
We have a front door! It’s not completely finished yet, but Kevin and Louis have been working hard on our container home entrance. The results are fantastic so far, so I’m quite keen to see how the end result works out. Our entrance way fits the industrial look of the containers. The door is big and chunky just like a shipping container. Best of all, Kevin has designed the entrance so that we will be out of the rain when we are locking and unlocking our new front door.Continue reading Container Home Entrance
Progress is going well on the cladding of the shipping containers with the fibre cement boards. It’s easy to attach the boards to the containers themselves. However, you might recall that there’s a lot of fresh air between the top of the container and the underside of the arched roof. Obviously the boards can’t attach to nothing. So, what did we do? That’s where framing comes in…Continue reading Framing; Preparing to Clad Above the Containers
We’ve very excited about the K-Span steel arch roof that will be covering our container house. But of course, we need something in place to which the steel roof can attach to the containers. Kevin has been busy preparing for the roof installation.Continue reading Preparing for the K-Span Roof
We’ve been living on a building site for ten months now. I’m sure you are wondering where and how exactly we are living since our house is not yet built. What problems have we faced with our temporary accommodation? How have we solved them?Continue reading Caravan Life on a Building Site
The first thing we did after taking ownership of the new property is erect a new gate for our security. The original gate was one of those affairs made out of wooden poles and barbed wire. The hinges no longer worked well, it was awkward to open and close and not at all secure.