Category Archives: Building

And how was your spring?

An ancient Chinese curse goes something like “may you live in interesting times”.  Uh, yeah, that would be now.  All my fabulous plans for spring and early summer were put on hold by a broken wrist.  From that I can … Continue reading

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Getting organized

One of the most serious roadblocks to progress is lack of organization.  This one’s been smacking me around for a while and I’m determined to smack it back. We acquired (thank you, Dan) a building that had been used as … Continue reading

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Which building code?

In my RSS feed I have One Project Closer which has a Pro Follow series.  They are currently following pros on a house addition.  I don’t know which building code they’re following, nor in which part of the country the … Continue reading

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Purple thumb and dog sympathy

I’ve got about half of the patio outside the sun porch laid.  About half of the bricks have been locked in with the gaps filled with sand.  I won’t work any more sand between cracks until I have the last … Continue reading

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Ladder stairs

On TinyHouseBlog today was a story about Brookside Cottage, a tiny little house that looks to be about 14×20 with a second story bedroom that’s about half the width of the house. What struck me was the very narrow stair.  … Continue reading

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All things considered

I’ve been pecking away, weather allowed.  I’ve been excavating the pad and walkway outside the sun porch so I can lay brick. I also been pushing Terry to find a mortar mixer for mixing the eps-crete.  I don’t nag well … Continue reading

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Pump house planning

I’ve been thinking about the pump house, how I’m going to construct it, building the walls, how the cover for the well is going to work.  I’ve got some of the details ironed out. I need the pump house for … Continue reading

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More pumphouse planning

Wadly and I were talking yesterday about the ability to do a bigger chunk of wall each time we worked.  To accomplish this, we need to be able to make bigger batches of eps-crete and have bigger/more forms.  I see … Continue reading

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Pumphouse – planning ahead for water treatment

I’m working on plans for the new pump house to be built this summer.  Part of that planning involves making room for water treatment.  I had Vil Hafoka, a water treatment specialist for Water Doctor of Washington stop by yesterday … Continue reading

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Winter diversions

I’ve been on a “small house” research kick.  I’ve run into some really interesting stuff (1)(2), but disappointingly, no built small houses that really use space as wisely as I think it could be used (note links with neat apartment … Continue reading

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