House update 2022

11 05 2022

While not a lot has been happening on this humble blog, there have been a couple of new milestones achieved in the slow finishing of mon abri. The rear wall is now finished, all rendered and flashed with only the guttering on the pointy bit needing installation, typically I’m waiting for the corner bit which is seemingly hampered by supply chains issues affecting the whole world…

The other momentous event building wise, is that our friends Robyn and Kenny recently visited. We unanimously consider them to be our best visitors because they fit in so well and are enormously helpful. Beyond any expectations this time!!

Kenny is even older than me, but he’s a retired builder (sort of, you can’t stop him) with loads more experience than me, obviously. Initially he was going to help installing the five roofextenda brackets I needed for the above roof beam that supports the verandah frame on the house side. I’d been procrastinating over this task, as I tend to do with anything I have never done before, but Kenny had used them before.

I parked the 4WD in front of the house, and it was used as a work platform. Very handy. On a fine sunny day we lifted a couple of sheets of iron, without the need to completely remove them as it turned out. It’s really handy having someone else to bounce ideas off when trying to solve problems. The first one took us about three hours, the next one two, and all five were in and sealed by the end of the following day.

We’ll have it all finished before we leave said Robyn, without asking Kenny! Seriously?

old farts power

Entirely built of locally milled hardwood from Lindsay down the road, it wasn’t quite finished when they left, but Kenny is my new best friend and I honestly can’t thank the pair of them enough. The thought of doing all this work on my own had me truly twisted in a knot!

Once I’d finished putting the last batten on, I thought, it needs painting or something, otherwise it won’t last and I hate building anything that won’t. With the price of oil skyrocketing, so has the price of paint. And I hate painting. Then I remembered the Japanese wood preserving treatment called Shou Sugi Ban.

i remember seeing it used on Grand Designs or something, and after doing some research on YouTube I decided to go for it. And look, no procrastination!

Trust me, it’s way more fun than painting…! My neighbour had a flame thrower he used for burning weeds, and he lent it to me. Three days and three bottles of gas later, and it was done. Treating all four facets of every piece of wood was a bigger task than I expected. Isn’t it always?

Finished. Just needs a roof….

I had all the Laserlight roofing up in a couple of days, but the cost of the special screws blew me away…. $300…! Mind you I never scrimp on roofing screws, it’s built to Queensland cyclone specs.

Now the front of the house is dry in all weather, we wonder why I procrastinaed so long….

it blends in so well you don’t know it’s there until you stand under it in the rain….

Thank you Kenny, I love you mate…..



4 responses

11 05 2022
Roy Ramage

Well done!

I was fortunate I was able to get a kit home and plop it on my block. The verandah is a necessity.

Kind regards Roy Ramage


11 05 2022

I think we’re all fast running out of time to get too precious about the way we live. I was lucky to get in early enough…..

11 05 2022
Hugh Spencer

I wonder if the charcoal coating would resist the attacks of fungus here? I used to wonder why so many Japanese buildings had black timbers. Also why the “dead” back wall?

11 05 2022

Found through Google…

Properly preserved charred wood is waterproof because of the effect that charring has on its pores. As the plank burns, its pores shrink to the degree that makes it impossible for the wood to absorb moisture.

Mold thrives in moisture and feeds on the carbohydrates in the wood to survive. Since fire is detrimental to both moisture and cellulose in the timber’s top layers, there is zero chance for mold, termites, and insects to find food and a nurturing environment within charred timber.

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