The Nest

The first and biggest project on our property was building our strawbale home. Starting in late 2016, we completed this massive undertaking within a year. Here's what happened along the way....

  • First internal wall up
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    Supermoon November and the first wall frame is up

    It’s exciting times at Cooinda.  The timber required for the framing arrived exactly a week after the slab pour, and  Matty has been analysing the specs to make sure he has enough timber, the right lengths, cuts, types etc. He’s been sawing, chiseling and hammering away, like a carpenter….. I’m sure his father will be proud :) After a weekend of hard yakka, the internal walls for the bedrooms are done, this includes the walk in robe walls in each bedroom (laid down in the pics) as well as the wall that separates the two bedrooms. Yesterday, with the help of our friend Bart(os), the first internal wall frame was…

  • The aftermath
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    ….and then there was a slab

    The concrete truck arrived 20 minutes ahead of schedule, and took just over four hours to complete pouring. One of the concrete trucks hit a power pole at their depot which caused some delays, we had to wait for over an hour till we got the next batch of concrete delivered.  This caused some concern as the previous concrete poured was starting to set, but thankfully the delay didn’t cause any issues.  Turns out it was a blessing in disguise as the fish tank needed to be secured furthermore before more concrete could be poured around it. No more hurdles were encountered, and not much more can be said about the happenings…

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    Fish tank setup and pre pour jitters

    Less than 12 hours to go till the concrete truck arrives and the pour begins.  Matty and I are feeling excited, nervous, worried, exuberant all at the same time.  A minor (major) crisis was averted today as Matt found out that the formwork was 40 mm shy of the expected height.  A somewhat cruisy day turned out to be a full on day fixing other people’s stuff ups. Despite the frustrations, Matty managed to get everything done for the 7am start tomorrow morning (along with extending the height of the formwork to the required 100mm).  Here are some pics to commemorate the day: This house has a few little quirks, but…

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    It’s All Hallow’s Eve and still no slab….

    The past month has been frustrating with  unnatural amounts of rain being the main culprit.  Despite the delay, progress has been made on other fronts, like building a chook pen, getting some chooks, setting up the veggie patch and picking up other building materials such as tiles and windows. The rain finally eased off about two weeks ago, and Matt hired Rob to come in and dig the slab footings. Once those were in place, Matt was busy pumping water out of them two days later (thanks to the glorious rain), then finally started putting the clinka fill in (more about clinka here). Two labourers assisted with doing the form work and putting up…