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Reduced to a pile of rubble - containing seashells, driftwood, and all manner of things.  I guess the Building Code in the '50s was somewhat less prescriptive, and they used naturally available resources - including whatever was able to be carted up the cliff from the old harbour foreshore.....

Reduced to a pile of rubble - containing seashells, driftwood, and all manner of things. I guess the Building Code in the '50s was somewhat less prescriptive, and they used naturally available resources - including whatever was able to be carted up the cliff from the old harbour foreshore.....

This is how we know we are back to building with sticks:- the waste.  We are framing our internal walls with sticks and fluff as we don't need the performance of SIPs here, but the bi-product is a site full of offcuts - these are but a small selection.  This is the first we have seen of this, as there is almost no waste with SIPs construction.  Lucky we still need firewood.

This is how we know we are back to building with sticks:- the waste. We are framing our internal walls with sticks and fluff as we don't need the performance of SIPs here, but the bi-product is a site full of offcuts - these are but a small selection. This is the first we have seen of this, as there is almost no waste with SIPs construction. Lucky we still need firewood.

The process of building can be incredibly wasteful, and our mission here is to reduce waste wherever possible.  So - here is the timber used for formwork during the pouring of concrete on site.  It's all untreated, so in the trailer it goes - straight to our woodburner pile.

The process of building can be incredibly wasteful, and our mission here is to reduce waste wherever possible. So - here is the timber used for formwork during the pouring of concrete on site. It's all untreated, so in the trailer it goes - straight to our woodburner pile.

The Secret Garden.   Cleared of debris, and ready to receive topsoil and excavated material from the building side.  Development of this area with fruit and native trees, vegetable gardens (and other specimens), and hopefully chooks will comprise phase 2 of the project.

The Secret Garden. Cleared of debris, and ready to receive topsoil and excavated material from the building side. Development of this area with fruit and native trees, vegetable gardens (and other specimens), and hopefully chooks will comprise phase 2 of the project.

With complex junctions between angled planes, flashing details are the make or break part of our exterior cladding.  This is the true test of a good roofer - one who gets inside your head, and understands what is acceptable and what is not.  The best detailing in the world is no shortcut for walking around every corner and agreeing the best means of building it.

With complex junctions between angled planes, flashing details are the make or break part of our exterior cladding. This is the true test of a good roofer - one who gets inside your head, and understands what is acceptable and what is not. The best detailing in the world is no shortcut for walking around every corner and agreeing the best means of building it.

Windows - the eyes of the building - at last installed (some with double glazed units, and some without).  They frame views and spaces, and will likely pop in and out a few times while the flashings are measured and folded, but it won't be long before the tarpaulin shrouds can come off and reveal our colour palette and forms.

Windows - the eyes of the building - at last installed (some with double glazed units, and some without). They frame views and spaces, and will likely pop in and out a few times while the flashings are measured and folded, but it won't be long before the tarpaulin shrouds can come off and reveal our colour palette and forms.

Moisture is a buildings worst enemy.   It should be excluded at all costs.  Here we see a membrane applied to the rear of split level retaining walls - covered with a white protective board.  Compacted hardcore (gravel) will compress the membrane, allowing it to absorb any small amounts of ground water present, and form a protective waterproof barrier between the outside and inside.  It has to be done right now, as the cost of fixing poor installation later will be prohibitive.

Moisture is a buildings worst enemy. It should be excluded at all costs. Here we see a membrane applied to the rear of split level retaining walls - covered with a white protective board. Compacted hardcore (gravel) will compress the membrane, allowing it to absorb any small amounts of ground water present, and form a protective waterproof barrier between the outside and inside. It has to be done right now, as the cost of fixing poor installation later will be prohibitive.

So - the challenge of submitting a 'non-standard' building solution for consent is the rheems of queries that can come back to you from the processing officer.  It is a frustrating and time consuming process, best dealt with face to face at meetings - in our case, a 2 1/2 hour marathon! All progressing well, some minor clarifications, and yet again - the old 3D views proving to be a hot favourite for understanding how it all works.

So - the challenge of submitting a 'non-standard' building solution for consent is the rheems of queries that can come back to you from the processing officer. It is a frustrating and time consuming process, best dealt with face to face at meetings - in our case, a 2 1/2 hour marathon! All progressing well, some minor clarifications, and yet again - the old 3D views proving to be a hot favourite for understanding how it all works.

While it is easy to see the growth of the building day by day, often how the materials get on to site remains a mystery.  And the trickier the site, the more of a logistical consideration this becomes. Here comes the blockwork ready for the first sub-floor walls - hoisted on to site underneath the telephone cables that are temporarily lifted out of the way.

While it is easy to see the growth of the building day by day, often how the materials get on to site remains a mystery. And the trickier the site, the more of a logistical consideration this becomes. Here comes the blockwork ready for the first sub-floor walls - hoisted on to site underneath the telephone cables that are temporarily lifted out of the way.

Ta-da - a garage door (well actually it's a carport.  The mesh screen will follow along with passion fruit and other vines - making this area secure.  This green wall to the street will start to soften all this concrete and building.

Ta-da - a garage door (well actually it's a carport. The mesh screen will follow along with passion fruit and other vines - making this area secure. This green wall to the street will start to soften all this concrete and building.

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