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    Building A House!!!

    This summer, my wife and I will be building our house! We're very excited, and I figure'd I'd post progress photos here as a way to share the joy, etc. I'm starting with some photos of the garage we built (mostly, my father-in-law built). All this week, people will be demolishing the old garage so we have a place for our house. In clearing out the garage, we've come across several things old enough to be given to the local historical museum - neat actually. One's a grape presser for wine.

    Expect more updates as we make progress.


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    Awesome, I love this sort of thing!

    Looking forawrd to seeing the progress!
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    Luck with the house, man !

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    SO excited for you! Would also love to see the progress!

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    Rule 1: Throw nothing out from what you tear down unless something's either eating it or until you're SURE you won't be able to use it later.
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    Very cool. Get into it Tas, I like the pics, very exciting. I am in the middle, {I think} of renovating my house and we have come a long way. Beware of burn out and try to pace yourself if possible. Thanks for sharing this.

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    Ah, they're tearing it down as I write this. You have no idea how good this feels.

    Ilaekae, we're keeping the stones from the old walls, to decorate the new house (possibly for the fire place?). but the roof tiles made of asbestos need to go - hence the workers hired to do so properly. Also, I believe the wood we've got piled is too short to be of use? But we'll check with our architect.

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    Congrats, man!!! This is exciting, I can't wait for more updates!
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    That's really cool, keep up with the updates.

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    This is a WiP, it belongs in the critique center. I like the perspective and the texture on the bricks. What brushes did you use?

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    Wow! Good luck!

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    It looks like you built a house...arround a house... is there something I'm missing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by James Kei View Post
    That is rad!
    It's one of the things I hope to do in my lifetime.
    Building work or DIY always sounds inspiring.......
    ........ until you start it; believe me, I know.


    Worth it in the end, though.

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    Awesome, I'd like build my own house too.

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    Peter, my father-in-law and I built the new garage next to the old one. We were going to keep both, but when my wife and I decided to build our house on their land, the old garage had to come down.

    Okay, so yesterday, my father-in-law and I put in a new fence, to cordon off the backyard from the worksite. I took a few photos to show the process. I hope it shows I've got mad respect for this guy.

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    Just some cleaning up of the worksite. We were supposed to build a tool shed this morning, but it's raining.

    EDIT: Almost forgot, I've got all these leftover flagstones and I'm wondering what to do with them. Our architect was talking about placing a few randomly along the base of the outer walls, but that seemed tacky to me. So, any suggestions? Maybe in the kitchen, or bathroom somewhere?

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    Store the stone out of the way safe. When you're done, do a double southern US stone wall knee-high as a kind of fence/raised flower bed and garden along one of the prop lines. If not enough, do it as a square or round spot in the yard for same use or as play area for future use. Google stone or found-stone fences down south. Minimal work and morter, and you'll develop some muksels where yinz needz 'em.
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    Here are the plans for the house, just to give a better sense of the project.

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    Yay, progress! Definitely do not line the base of the house with flagstones. It will look bad. If you wanted to get fancy, you might be able to use them to make your showers/bathtubs or as the backsplash in the kitchen. You could use them as the 4 steps leading up to the rear and front entries...

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    You could pull an Andy Goldsworthy and make art! Check it out around 1:30 into the video.



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    here's a big update, sorry for the delay. Family and friends visiting, birthday's, fair, etc. We're about to visit the states to see my parents, so this is it for the next three weeks.

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    you could make the top floor a rooftop greenhouse and grow your own food, and install solar panels you could live free

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    So digging this mate, thanks again for keeping us posted!
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    How big are the left-over flag stones? Depending on the size/shape they can be good for creating a nice border for raised flowerbeds, or a ground flush border for flowerbeds (which makes mowing much easier, and helps keep grass from spreading into the beds.)

    You could also use them to hide/hold down the plastic liner for a self-made pond. They look very nice, and can actually be done for a reasonable price if it's DIY, but it's a LOT of work. (We dug ours by hand. 3 feet deep at the lowest point, and red clay is not fun to dig through). Not really sure if that's a good choice considering you've got a young child, and I don't know what the winters are like.

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    Wow, it's come such a long way, it's really exciting to see all of the pictures. After scrutinizing your house plans, I've come to the conclusion that I would never make it as an architect, it's too confusing, ha ha! Are you planning on a fireplace? Make you could tile that if you have one. Or make a small walkway if you have enough? Anyways, thanks for posting these photos, it's going to be amazing when it's done!
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    Camsyko - we want solar panels. The way they do things here is they hook it up to your hot water. So I shouldn't feel so guilty taking a bath.

    JailHouseRock2 - thanks! we're both going to love it much more once the studio's done.

    Aphotic Phoenix - as it turns out, most of those flagstones were used as a base for the foundation (to pour concrete over, if you check the photos above). So it lookslike they're out of the picture. Ah well.

    Linguini - we decided on a fireplace, since I like sitting by a nice fire and getting my feet warm, especially after walking in thick snow. Plus, with Slovakia getting all it's gas from Russia (who turned off the tap for a couple weeks last winter), it's nice to have an alternative heating option.

    So here are some more pics. :

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    I'm not sure why, but this thread is SUPER interesting to me for some reason. Keep updating us on your progress matey
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    looking good, u should try having secret passages and stuff built into the house

    Best of luck building yer house.

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    Yo dude, it's awesome ! Seeing your pics reminds me good memories when i builded up our actual house ( we began when i was 14, my bro was 12 and we worked there everyday after school with my dad ! ) Anway, i know it's not easy, so good luck dude !

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