Saturday, November 21, 2015

The log cabin project

My partner always dreamed with living in a log cabin that he built himself.

Baby Lyanz and me posing with the cabin half way through

The UK current legislation does not allow anyone to live in their own land unless you live in a mobile structure such as a caravan, camper-van, portable dissembled wooden cabin.

One of the reason to build it on a trailer to comply with the legislation to make it mobile if we choose to. It is not design to move it all the time for weekend trips. It will be as mobile as an static caravan is.

A little bit of technicalities for the building enthusiastic:

Once upon a time, it was an empty trailer...
The trailer, totally barefoot.
- Chasis: Reclaimed old caravan frame 20 foot (27 foot counting the towing bar)
- Frame work: Bulk deal of ash poles that we found as a bundle on ebay. They were plained and air dry seasoned for more than 3 years.We used mostly 2x2.

My hero doing the framework.

- Insulation: Reclaimed kingspan insulation board.

Here you can see the insulation on the floor, the windows and the membrane....and the poppet pie!
- Windows: Two big windows donated to us by a friend who loved the project!
- Membrane: Waterproof breathable felt membrane. 

- Cladding and flooring: One of our biggest expenses. Tonge and grove flooring and cladding. We chose Redwood as it was one of the lightweight and more affordable. Lief would have love to build everything in solid oak, but it would have been too much weight on it.

- Varnishing: For long- lasting protection, we used sadolin with a light oak stain for a visual effect.We ordered online as we could buy in 5l and the price was more affordable than bigger trading shops.
- Tiles: Tiles were a massive matter but one company based in the Forest of Dean found us and offer us their product: lightweight tiles made by recycled plastic that weight next to nothing, have a lot of wind resistance, insulation and waterproof.

- Second fix nailer gun: Due to the amount of cladding on the building, we had a serious need for a second fix nailer gun. We rented one for the external cladding, but in the way we realised that we needed our own to make it worth and it was probably one of the best investment of this projects, toolwise.
Every carpenter should have this toy.

Earthwool: To be fitted in the roof as insulation.

Tools required:  hammer, chisel, screwdriver, impact driver, drill, chop saw, circular saw, planer thicknesser, second fix nailer gun, among many others.

How did we manage to do everything with the baby?
Our son was 10 months old when we started the project. Our normal life and also helping with Rainbow Futures Camps did not allow much time to finish the project on time as we wanted (we wanted to have the main build finished before the summer started).

Poppet helping mummy to varnish the cladding.
Monitoring daddy's job from the top
Doing a little bit of sanding
 And this is the cabin, main building finished!!

The cabin being towed and going into his winter storage.

In an ideal world, we would like to buy some woodland with some farmland where to set-up an off-grid community and eco-warrior school. If you have a similar dream, just contact us!

You can see more pictures and a daily update of the process in facebook: 

As we said last year, we have started to build a log cabin on wheels, hopefully it would be ready for the summer!That what we had achieved in approx. 100 hours #tinyhome

Posted by Noelfy on jueves, 23 de abril de 2015

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