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    Wow, it is coming along so fantastically! Can't wait to see more progress.
    Thank you so much for sharing!


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    WOW! Thanks for the updates, too! And YAY to solar panels!

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    Awesome! Congrats! Also, I really like photos of construction and deconstruction. There's something about the complex play of lights and shadow in rubble that I really enjoy, along with the order amidst chaos of new construction.

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    But if he showed them, they wouldn't be secret.

    Looking goo TA. When are you hoping to move in?

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    hopefully by Christmas. Thanks for all the well wishes! By the end of the week we should have all the first floor walls done.

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    Wee! Walls are up!
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    This is a great thread cant wait to see more.

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    Thanks all! I've got an artificial tree I bought a couple years back. I may buy another, though, for the studio upstairs. I collect ornaments.

    The best are origami ones. They're fun to make.

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    Oh wow, good luck! My parents built our house too, but they are too lazy to finish it off, there are still pipes and holes and stopgap measures everywhere, and this is 10 years after it was "finished". I am sure you will polish off the insides as nice as the outside though! Hope it all goes according to schedule and you are in for Xmas

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    Hmmm. I had a bit of trouble logging in yesterday, and since then, all my images here have disappeared. Doesn't matter if I use explorer or firefox. Anyone else having the same problem?

    Anyway, here are a couple more updates.
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    All the attachments are down the site is having some issues fyi

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    Some interior walls are up. So here's a question. We're thinking about windows and doors now, and what to choose. There are some slovak companies that would be easy to order from, and have delivered, but I don't really like their styles. Here are some links for anyone curious:

    www.gavaplast.sk
    www.knplask.sk
    www.perito.cz

    My wife likes the Y shaped one, I've attached here. They all look/feel pretty cheap to me. I don't mind plastic windows if they help conserve heat, but I'd like to find a good wooden door. I found a pic from my trip album of Italy. This door is in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence - and I'd love to have something like this as a front door. My wife hates the idea. She says that's more for a castle than a house. I'm curious if I wanted something like that, where I'd go for it.

    Anyways, suggestions on doors, windows, and furniture are all appreciated.
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    You should play a game of rock paper scissors with your wife to see who gets to choose the front door. Personally I also like the more elaborate old style door you chose.
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    Me too; it looks friendlier.

    You can get double glazed wooden windows - well you can in Britain, but a bit pricey. Wooden frames last just as long as plastic and get better with age. I hate my plastic windows and will change them when I have the funds.

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    Really? Doesn't plastic insulate better?

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    As far as I know, the biggest reason to go for plastic rather than wood is the price Don't think it matter much for insulation. However, if the wood isn't treated properly or given a bit of new paint once in a while (depending on the climate you live in) it can rot away. Happened to my parents house, they had to replace a few -granted, it was an old house when they moved in already.

    Really inspiring to see these images dude, thanks for posting the prgoress

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    I wish wooden houses were a more common choice, they would make the building process much easier and less messy...
    Insulation in windows doesn't depend much on the material of the frame, it's the rubber gasket dividing the inner part of the frame from the outer part that prevents heat from being transmitted.
    Double glazing is a must for energy saving (I'm quite sure it should be mandatory in new buldings according to EU laws).
    I agree with Black Spot and Yoitisi about look and maintenance.

    For the front door: http://www.fbsblindate.it/catalogo.php?idcat=151 the last of the page. For a really medieval look...

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    So, I've got my new computer up and running, and it's update time!

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    It is coming along nicely. One thing I meant to say earlier, is to make sure you have plenty of sockets in each room.

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    I wish someone had shown me something like this at university... I had to learn nearly everything about wooden houses by myself.
    How are you going to clad it?
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    Ooops double posted...

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    congratulations, you did the smart thing. I have helped people build houses before and it's a far wiser decision than buying a modern cookie cutter. Those things are cheap turds with expiration dates. This mother fucker will be standing 1000 years from now and age like wine.
    I definitely plan on building a house one day, rather than buying a house.

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    We're cladding it with USB boards and insulation. Other than that, we're probably going to layer plaster over the outside, to make it look like the concrete block-houses surrounding us. You know, to better fit in, or whatever. But, I'm open to suggestions, and also any furniture suggestions - I made a separate post about that, but it doesn't seem to be popular yet.

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    If you'd like a room with good natural sunlight, old beer bottles work surprising well as bricks. Wine jugs are best.

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    Alright, so there've been some delays - the next step is the roof, and the company in charge of that has been dragging its feet. Hopefully they can do it next week? The contract states it should be done by the end of October or they get penalties. We'll see. At least we have the 2nd Floor walls up! And we've ordered the windows. They should be ready in two weeks. We're still deciding on the front door. I've been drawing ideas for it.

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    this is one of the coolest threads ever

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    coming along nicely.
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    Very cool, nice views of the house. Anybody else inspired to play with legos now?
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    So things have been going very slowly. We had snow in October, rain the last two weeks. Our head carpenter got the flu. Then there were delays getting the lumber, for whatever reason. Then they came once with a crane that wasn't big enough, etc. So here's how things look so far:

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