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6 SKOOLHUISIE We all dream of a weekend getaway from time to time. Candice and Stanley wanted a place that they could escape to, after each week of city life, and where Candice could keep her beloved horse. With a tight budget, that meant small and simple.,

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14 LEARNING TO BUILD TIMBER FRAMES A convoluted journey to learn the traditional skills.

20 TINY HOUSE SHARES A SHED

Built for one woman – and assorted animals.

28 IT’S A WOODGLOO 14

An intriguing outdoor fireplace from timber offcuts.

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33 GREG AND MARILYN’S PLACE

A perfect example of reuse, repair and recycle.

38 EARTH BUILDING CONFERENCE 2018 40 YARRADOOWI 28

From dream to reality – one couple’s straw bale build.

48 SEVEN STEPS TO SUSTAINABLE DESIGN Follow these steps to ensure your design works.

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50 RETURNING HOME TO BUILD

After years working overseas, the time to build arrived.

56 DEMYSTIFYING TIMBER FLOORS Getting it right first time.

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58 CREATIVE KITCHEN RECYCLING

Building a kitchen to suit specific tastes and needs.

64 SUSTAINABLE HOUSE DAY 2018 68 CONTROLLED BURNING

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‘The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.’ Nelson Mandela When I bought The Owner Builder magazine back in October 2003, I was really jumping in at the deep end; I had no experience of building, writing or publishing. I had worked in Information Technology for the previous 17 years, with many of those as a project manager, so I decided to approach running the magazine as another project; whatever I didn’t know how to do, I’d find ‘a man who knows’ for.

These are a few of the contributors that are featured in this issue of The Owner Builder magazine. I would love to hear from you; tell me about your own project. AIDAN BANFIELD built his first building with his father when he was 12. This room has become his wife Vanessa’s massage studio, located on the family property. Now his building passion is for the old traditional ways of building.

There were failures... but I was extremely lucky to inherit a fantastic support team, who coached me on the processes involved, introduced me to useful contacts and stepped in to help when I found myself sinking rather than swimming.

JOHN BRODIE has been involved in construction for over 40 years as a licensed builder, design manager or construction manager on projects, from just hanging a door to the Petronas Towers in Malaysia.

I am now facing a whole new set of challenges. It is no secret that print publishing is suffering a major challenge in the increasingly on-demand digital world. Nevertheless, readers have supported and encouraged the continued printing of the magazine, with a minimal take up of the digital offering. There is something special about holding timeless information in your hands that cannot be matched by the online experience. The pressure from increasing distribution and printing costs, along with the wastefulness of having to print more than double the number of copies that are actually sold through newsagents, means that I am rethinking the existing model. Options include changing to a quarterly schedule and implementing a subscriber-only model.

LEONI CARNABY is a retired midwife and psychiatric nurse with a dream. She is always up for a challenge and eager to do anything she has not done before, hence the owner builder project. The long-term goal is to be self-sufficient.

Never fear – a print version will remain! I’d appreciate your input. If you have any ideas that would potentially increase subscriber and reader numbers or encourage new advertisers, I am open to suggestions. Now, on with enjoying the inventiveness of the owner builders featured in this issue – our reason for being (and rising again and again).

SANDY REGAN escaped from the city and is now striving towards living sustainably on a quiet rural block in northern NSW, and nurturing the bush around her. She and her partner are building a steelframed kit home.

Hi – I’m Lynda, the publisher, editor and designer of The Owner Builder magazine. Creativity and originality are just some of the attributes that I admire greatly and strive for constantly. I value the opportunity of sharing the wonderful diversity of homes that are created by owner builders – everything from natural earth, straw, timber and stone to engineered materials and shipping containers is inspiring. Photo: Tim Lee

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Skoolhuisie A small country retreat near Cape Town in South Africa

Little did we know that our ‘Skoolhuisie’ would have so many lessons in store for us. Being employed full time, 105km away from our country smallholding, with insufficient funds to just pay people to work for us, we’ve needed to practice much patience… something that neither of us considered as a strength!

Rustic, needs TLC Our search for a reasonably priced country getaway went on for nearly 18 months. We wanted just enough space to explore self-subsistence, and perhaps enough space for a field for my muchloved horse Lex, too.

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We got an urgent call in October 2014, for a ‘rustic, needs TLC property’ and had less than 24 hours notice to view and offer on the property that was sitting in court for settlement. It was a fairy tale viewing, that momentous Monday evening. We rushed through after work, racing against a summer sunset. We arrived to a rural setting, with the mountains on fire with sunset colours. Nature really helped distract us from the dire condition of the house.

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With no water (that means no loo either!), a simple outdoor electric point with a few sockets for electricity, no lights and a family of rodents living in the walls, it certainly wasn’t the house aesthetics that sold the property. Four solid but filthy brick walls, gorgeous but nearly black oregon floors, industrial-feel steel windows with about 50% of the panes broken, and a friendly but leaking red tin roof won our hearts – all in the glow of an orange-pink sunset. The 1950s structure, formerly an NG Kerk (Church) Schoolhouse for the farming community, situated on 1.5ha became ours. We also inherited four chickens and imagined our vineyard, veggie garden and olive grove…


First sleepover We spent New Year’s Eve 2014 in the house; our first sleepover. We brought in 2015 by putting bamboo pole curtain rails up – the most cost effective solution I could come up with! We had hired a Portaloo, we used a black bag solar shower, kept a cooler box stocked with ice for our milk, and ate lamb chops off the barbecue grid for supper to save on the impossible task of washing dishes with limited hot water and no sink! This was our reality for nearly five months. Removing the dry walling to change the space from a dark 3-bedroom into an open plan space was first on the agenda. This exposed characterful folding wooden doors that had been built in by a previous renovation. They threw a proverbial spanner in the works for our plans though, as they were too wonderful to remove. So they got to stay. Scrubbing walls and floors followed. Over and over and over… We’ve painted three times already – I will never forget what years of rodent footprints look like up the walls. Floors were sanded to reveal a wonderful pink oregon and I developed unbelievable biceps using a belt sander for the first time! The first few months were spent behaving like magpies, gathering secondhand or leftover building materials and furniture from recycling depots, demolition yards and Gumtree. We had a borehole dug, 98m deep in the end, and strung electrical extension cords all over the house to get electricity around.

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Nightmare experience We employed a local builder to put patio doors in for us and to lay a patio slab, as well as some basic plumbing, including installation of a much awaited loo! We said goodbye to our Portaloo in June 2015 and hello to hot water showers at the same time too! Needless to say, true to the terrible stereotype, it turned into a nightmare experience. Without our knowledge, our work was subcontracted to another, inexperienced builder. We had to replumb our new plumbing a month later (as everything was repeatedly leaking or popping loose in the roof and outside the house) and learn quickly about the septic tank, which had been badly plumbed and then buried. We also realised that the new patio slab angled all the rain water towards the house and new doors, as opposed to away into the garden. We’ve never packed sandbags so quickly! Our biggest labour of love was the Theunissen/Cornelius patio roof,

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built after lengthy discussion and contemplation by my Financial Director father Anton, and my IT partner Stanley (neither are exactly builder material). This was all done with a sense of urgency from me, as we couldn’t stem the winter rain that was flowing into the kitchen. We had already tried to re-skim the patio floor to correct the levels, but we’d been left with too little clearance under the new doors. We spent a very cold winter holding up wooden posts while the men figured out which way to cut roof trusses so that they met with upright posts. They realised after many failed attempts that a centimetre this way or that REALLY does make a difference in construction. We had unsecured roof structures blow into the garden (apparently the sheer weight of a roof is not enough to hold it down!) and had our unfinished patio structure fall over in an almighty storm, too. Stan has nearly electrocuted himself once, using YouTube to learn how to wire a wall plug and not following the instructions well.


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Skills development We’re proud of our snazzy new chicken coop and our converted concrete outbuildings, which offer weather proof storage space. Stan learned about footings and slabs, bought and used a grinder for the first time, and realised that a circular saw is a much faster way to cut wood than with a jigsaw. Our skills at cooking on an open fire have developed, as we only have the gas ring stove inside. BBQ-pie’s have made an appearance at Skoolhuisie too! We’ve experimented with chalk paint and masking tape, creating a chequerboard pattern on the concrete floor, which I’ve always coveted. We’ve been creative with furniture for new purposes – we had an old desk which was the only thing on hand at the time to seat the kitchen laboratory sink on.

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We’re the proud parents to a flock of 20 chickens (now free range) that provide hours of entertainment and many yummy eggs. I’ve even had to learn how to garden with winter frost! Most of all, we’ve learnt to become productive on weekends. We plan and set goals for tasks. We relish the alone time, outside with our family, dogs and friends, creating and envisioning new realities for Skoolhuisie. Oh – and we’re a no TV zone, although rugby has occasionally made an appearance on the iPad!

Looking back During the slog of renovating a property with your own developing skills and limited funds, you so easily lose perspective of where you came from and what you’ve achieved. Things take a long time this way.

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Looking back, we are so proud of ourselves! Having an architect, interior designer and professional builder would surely have meant our property would be more perfect. But it’s perfect for us. It’s filled with love, sweat and tears – ours and that of friends and family. Between Pinterest and home magazines, we’ve got inspiration covered! Skoolhuisie is a testament to sheer perseverance; to always keeping a goal vividly in mind; to love; and to support from friends and family. It’s taken a village to raise this property from the lonely state it was in to where we are today. The road is still long, and the list of projects are added to every week. Here’s to Skoolhuisie… u


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FOR SALE - Barossa Valley SA: Regrettably we are selling our beloved home ‘Yarradoowi’. Unique, architecturally designed, solar passive, straw bale house. 40 mins to Gawler, 1 hr 15 mins to Adelaide CBD, 15 mins to nearest primary school. Two double bedrooms, library/bedroom, separate study area. Recycled timbers, stone, leadlight and sculpture. Extensive paved outdoor living areas, expansive views, endless skies. Self-contained one bedroom flat with new kitchen; B&B potential (STCC). Stand alone solar system with wind generator back-up. Over 100,000 litres of water storage. The Land: 51 hectares of pasture and mossrock country. 10 hectares allocated to native revegetation. 2000 fire wood trees ready for harvest. Plenty of pasture for stock, horses or vines. One dam. American barn with concrete floor and power, double garage with concrete floor, also other shedding. Fenced orchard with fruit trees, vegie gardens and cob chook house. If you are looking for a unique, crafted home in a peaceful setting that is not too remote, a place to live sustainably with further potential for income, then ‘Yarradoowi’ may be right for you. Price guide $750,000$775,000. Genuine enquires only please. Katrina 0407 372 849, Chris 0437 973 842

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ROOFING MOUNTED GUTTER BRACKETS www.gandgbrackets.com.au

No fascia boards or rafters required. Reduces building materials. Allows extended roof sheet overhang. Fixes directly to roof sheeting, also bullnose. Big problem solver. The brackets come in three gutter profiles. Sizes: 115mm + 125mm quad, high and low front; 150mm V round fits all V round profiles. email@gandgbrackets.com.au Phone 0427 510 778 for contact or leave message Order direct online, payment C.O.D or direct deposit.

EARTH BUILDING ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA www.ebaa.asn.au

Australia’s only association dedicated to furthering the use of building with unfired earth, an environmentally sustainable technology. 0429 321 104

BSE CONSULTING – STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS Leaders in straw and earth engineering design

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We are inspired to fight mediocrity in residential engineering design. Our business is the accessibility of straw and earth building technologies. Our service is the demonstration of National Construction Code (NCC) compliance of all types of straw and earth structures through engineering design and NCC Performance Solutions. Contact us for structural engineering and NCC Performance Solutions with guaranteed acceptance by councils and consent authorities. www.bseconsulting.com.au 0438 063 126

TIMBER FRAMES OF AUSTRALIA www.timberframes.com.au

Timber frames crafted for beautiful homes and outdoor structures using traditional mortise and tenon joinery. Office: 08 8390 3150

STRAW.COM.AU

Specialising in rice straw bales for house building Family business with 32 years growing and baling straw on our own farms at Coleambally NSW. Building bales are tight, uniform, rice straw bales. Bale dimensions: 800–850mm long, 450mm wide and 365mm high. We take pride in a quality building product, delivered to your site at a competitive price. All loads of building bales completely covered and guaranteed weather damage free. We can supply to NSW, SA, Victoria and Tasmania. Contact Trent to discuss your needs on 0427 546 124 or sales@straw.com.au Photos: Viva Living Homes

BEST THING FOR YOUR DOORS – EVER! www.ecoMasterStore.com.au

Draught dodgers for doors, double hung and awning windows are the ‘ants pants’ and ‘cats pyjamas’ in sealing off unwanted draughts. As an expert problem solver, ecoMaster came up with a perfect seal that blocks draughts from your doors and windows – forever! Say goodbye to draughts and bring year-round comfort… and save heaps on your energy costs. Video instructions even a child can follow! #noexcuses

NILLUMBIK MUDBRICK ASSOCIATION www.mudbrick.org.au

Sharing their passion and commitment for the future of the earth building industry, to strengthen Nillumbik’s standing as Australia’s most important mudbrick region.

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GREEN POINT DESIGN

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Energy efficient, environmentally conscious and intuitive design. Services: Consulting, Design, Drafting and Thermal Performance Assessments. Wangaratta 03 5725 7305

VIC

BRAD HOOPER, ARCHITECT FRAIA A+

Architectural design with permit, consent and construction documentation services. From site selection to colours. Registered Vic and NSW. 0418 105 954, bradhooperarchitect@gmail.com

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BUSHFIRE (BAL & BMO) ASSESSMENTS AND 6 STAR ENERGY RATINGS www.effectivethermalsolutions.com.au

Experienced in providing 6 star energy ratings, bushfire assessments and design advice. Please call 0435 892 799

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www.UnderfloorInsulationAustralia.com.au Cold feet and a draughty home can be the result of uninsulated timber floors. For cosy floors, you need DIY-friendly LONG R2.5 polyester ROLLS. Online pricing and video instructions. Made locally in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Save $1,000s on your energy bills. Warm winters, cool summers! Happy family, happy life!

THE MUD BRICK CIRCUS

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VIC

BELGRAPHIK BUILDING DESIGN www.belgraphik.com

VIC

Environmental and challenging sites our specialty. • COUNTRY • CLASSIC • CONTEMPORARY Registered Building Practitioner. VIC & QLD. BELGRAVE Ph: 03 9754 7464

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When you buy mud bricks from us, you buy the experience of almost forty years full-time in earth building. We are now also promoting a new exciting land development at Metcalfe (ten minutes from Kyneton) in central Victoria. For more information phone 03 5422 6602 or go to: metcalfesustainablelivingproject.com NOTE: Please phone us for the date of our next mud brick workshop. These one day workshops are largely a hands-on experience aimed at instilling confidence and competence in mud brick building.

Major producer and supplier of construction grade straw bales. Centrally located for affordable delivery. 21 years experience. On farm inspections most welcome.

TRACEY TOOHEY DESIGN & DRAFTING

Geelong region

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We work with you to build your dream home. Experienced sustainable builder. Specialising in passive designed straw bale.

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SO’R CONSTRUCTION – STRAW BALE

Over 36 years experience in all modes of design for owner builders Australia wide. Call for FREE advice or send $20 for our book ‘Elevated Efficiency,’ which shows how to achieve the most efficient home design. Also includes 36 very flexible low cost designs, ready for you to adopt. Architect’s working drawings for all Peter’s book designs, now greatly reduced down to $1000 – limited offer. 03 5258 3839 1 Cygnet Court, Queenscliff Vic 3225

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VIC

77 Miles Road, West Creek, Vic 3992 Phone: 03 5674 9393 sue.mitchell7@bigpond.com Environmentally sensitive and innovative design in rammed earth, mud brick, stone and timber.

TRADITIONAL TIMBER FRAMES www.traditionaltimberframe.com.au

NSW

Mortice and tenon timber frames for all types of structures. Based in the southern highlands of NSW. Ph: 0415 111 526

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Directory of services (cont’d) HUNTER ORGANIC GROWERS SOCIETY

www.hunterorganicgrowerssociety.org.au

NSW

Sowing and nurturing the organic word in the Hunter Valley. Field days and our monthly newsletter encourage sustainable use of the earth in all aspects of daily life.

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www.oldtimberflooring.com.au

NSW

Recycled timber. Specialising in hardwood flooring tongue & groove boards (end matched), milled from 70 year old timbers. $4/lineal metre. 02 6562 8252

TERRA PRIMA SUSTAINABLE DESIGNS www.facebook.com/terraprimadesigns

NSW

MKC Building Design & Drafting

MKC

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Sustainable building design and drafting Personal experience as an owner builder Encouraging building with natural or low-impact materials Based in the Blue Mountains, NSW Design development with 3D images making design decisions much easier BDAA Member 2017 National Design Award winner.

www.mkcbuildingdesign.com.au, 0438 552 939

studioGREEN architects

www.studiogreen.com.au

QLD

Design firm specialising in cost effective design solutions, alternate building methods and helping owner builders. Call Kurt on 0434 884 633

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www.strawtegic.com.au

Qualified brick/blocklayer and straw bale builder. Spray rendering of earth/lime render. Post & beam infill, hybrid or loadbearing. Workshops, tuition and consulting. 0417 998 944, dave@strawtegic.com.au

BOHDAN DORNIAK & CO. P/L www.bdcoarchitects.com.au

SA

G.W. WITTMANN & ASSOC.

Consulting Structural Engineers

SA

Structural calculations, footing design and documentation for council approval within South Australia. Phone: 08 8352 7764

HOUSE OF BALES

SA

www.houseofbales.com.au

‘Drafting your design or helping to create it. A holistic service that gets you started.’ New homes, alterations and additions. Permaculture consultants. BASIX, bushfire, zoning and flooding assessments. Based in Newcastle, servicing the Hunter Valley and surrounds. Our designs don’t cost the earth! Contact Natalie Allan. Ph/fax: 02 4967 3641. Mob: 0409 126 353 Email: terraprima@bigpond.com

MIRANDA CORKIN

WA

Environmentally sustainable architectural design, specialising in straw bale and alternative construction. Building Supervisor Licence BLD6482. ph 08 8344 8170, Bohdan@bdcoarchitects.com.au

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THE GREEN MILL

STRAWTEGIC CONCEPTS

Experienced straw bale builder, consulting, building supervisor, owner builder assistance, spray rendering. Licence BLD 48998 08 8555 4223, sabale@bigpond.com

GRAEME NORTH, ARCHITECT www.ecodesign.co.nz

NZ

Specialises in eco-architectural designs that use earth building methods; straw bale building; earthen and lime plasters, natural materials, while incorporating appropriate technology.

LOG BUILDING ASSOCIATION OF NZ www.logbuildingnz.org.nz

NZ

Helping to foster log building in NZ; courses, newsletters, conferences and house tours. PO Box 56, Rai Valley, 7145, New Zealand secretary@logbuildingnz.org.nz

EARTH BUILDING ASSOCIATION OF NEW ZEALAND www.earthbuilding.org.nz

NZ

Keep in touch with earth building in NZ. Quarterly magazine, contacts and advice. 2152 Kaipara Coast Highway, RD4, Warkworth 0984 www.facebook.com/earthbuilding

THE LAST STRAW JOURNAL thelaststraw.org

RoW

A global voice for the natural builder, reporting on the activity of straw bale and low-impact construction since 1993. All issues available as PDF for US$6.00 each. Subscriptions start at US$24.

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We want to feature YOUR home! ALAN BURDON and FIONA KOTVOJS have built themselves a wonderful rammed earth and straw bale home (TOB 177 Jun/Jul 2013, TOB 181 Feb/Mar 2014 and TOB 202 Aug/Sep 2017). Seven years later, they are still loving the experience of living in their unique home, built to their individual design and requirements, incorporating their particular tastes and quirks and built with their own blood, sweat and tears.

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