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    Great thread! I'm so jealous, building your own house must be one the most satisfying projects you could ever undertake. There's something primeval in the building of warmth and shelter for your family. And a studio too. Every caveman needs a studio to paint beasties on the wall.

    The house is looking great. Good luck with it!


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    Thank you duddlebug. It'll be satisfying when it's done. All those photos uploaded and I forgot there was something I wanted to complain about. Anyone realize how expensive exterior doors are these days?

    For a wooden door, this one company wants 2,000 Euros!!!!! That's a typical Slovak's salary for four months! I understand that doors these days are a bit more high tech to insulate better. But that much money????? Even a cheaper plastic door is 1,500!!!!!

    It's just a door!!!!!

    I went to homedepot.com to see if it's so bad in America, and it is!!! Although at least they had something ready for $850. That'd be around 600 Euros. When the hell did this happen that the whole world up'd the price on a simple, single door? The entire windows and other doors for the house is only like 3,000 Euros total.

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    hell your building your own house.... why not build your own door aswell?

    looking great btw, im jelous too.

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    I will say the thought crossed my mind, but I'm really not trained to know how to do that sort of thing. I could probably figure it out, if I weren't teaching full time...

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    Take a trip a few countries north, you can get a descent door staring from 500 euros.

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    Nice thread, nice house too!

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    This is such a pleasure to watch.
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    Looking great TAS!
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    working on the roof.

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    Really great progress there TA.

    I got a little curious when looking at pictures on the first page, about the way the foundation was laid. Obviously you're there so you've got a much keener eye on the whole thing than I do but When I saw those pictures it got me thinking about how the house is going to settle over the next years. I have seen some large structures (a garage for example) that was built on top of a poorly laid foundation, and although it didn't topple or anything like that it was showing clear signs of stress and the foundation itself had cracked in some places.

    Anyway, just a thought.

    This is cool to see that things are moving along so smoothly so far, and I hope all continues to go well. Keep us updated! This is really interesting to follow.

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    We started the foundation by digging about a meter or more deep, and laying down flagstones in each trench. Then we lined the foundation walls with cement blocks, and filled the trenches with concrete. The foundation walls cover more than just the outside edges. There are two lines connecting in a T intersection that line up with the most important walls in the house. They are all held close together with thick iron wire, that's all encased in the cement. Then we dug out all the grass and biological stuff inside, and filled in the foundation with gravel and concrete. The gravel was pounded down with a special machine to make sure it's compact. A large iron grill was placed just below the final layer of concrete for strength. We gave it a couple weeks to settle. No cracks yet.

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    Sounds cool man. Good luck with the rest of your project
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    Thanks Jonas and everyone! Hmm, I guess I should update here. So, the workers originally hired for this have been dragging their feet ridiculously - going out for lunch breaks and not coming back, etc. We'd actually had an argument where one of the worker's hammers "accidentally" fell right by my wife's feet (from the roof). So my wife went ahead and found a new crew for the roof and the interior, and it's been going fast ever since. I have a ton of pics but here are some of the basic exterior shots - it's getting harder to photograph now that it's dark so early, and I work all morning at school. They're putting in all the insulation for the floor and interior walls now, and installng the wiring. So, things are looking up, although it's still way off schedule. Oh, and the view of the mountains is from my attic.

    EDIT: oh yeah, I forgot to mention, you'll notice in the last photo, they closed up the area under the roof, above the balcony - that's a mistake. They did that while I was in the hospital with my son, and Iva was away. That area's supposed to be hollow so you can see underneath it. I want them to redo it, but they're trying to talk me into keeping it. That's not going to happen, it's not how we planned it, and I think it looks bad.
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