Category Archives: Design

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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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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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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Supporting the reinforcing wire

Because we’re nearly to the top of the reinforcing wire, our next step is to add another section of reinforcing wire above the current layer.  I’ll do that after this course has had a couple days to set up and … Continue reading

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Wall update

We’ve gotten another section of the wall done.  This one’s a lovely celedon green.  Wadly’s off to shop and have coffee with a friend today so I’m not expecting anything productive to happen around the farm. Here’s the west end … Continue reading

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Another approach

We have snow today for the second day in a row.  I’ve got the eps-crete forms moved and the paint mixed and I’m ready to put in another layer of eps-crete but . . . yeah, snow. The picture shows … Continue reading

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More wall

The first pour is red and four different shades of pink/white. The second pour is a consistent bluish gray.  None of the color will be visible as it all gets a skim coat.  I’m using lime plaster inside the bedroom … Continue reading

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