Ecological timber frame homestead project

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The foundation and the ground works are over. I have made some hand splitted rock foundation and the basement under the house:


Now the framing has started. All the timber is prepared by myself in my forest at the right phase of moon in deep and cold winter:

I have designed my family house and I will build it till the end only by myself. As much as possible I am doing with human energy. So I don’t want to consume the other ones. The house will have a traditional timber frame and the walls will be filled with hand hewn logs in one layer and then insulated with pine wood shavings mixed with clay. The roof will be apsen shingled as traditional here in our country.

The wall infill system will be:

1st layer – Hand hewn pine logs with tenons on both sides (160 mm thick) that will join in the mortise inside the posts (the long groove) that you can see in the photos that I have posted below.

2nd layer – 250 mm thick pine wood shaving mix with dry clay.

3rd layer – 25mm thick pine boarding (as the rough siding)

4th layer – 25mm thick vertical pine board siding (as the finishing).

So the whole thickness of the wall will be approx 50 cm.

I am the “victim” of the ecological philosophy – so that’s why I was looking for possibilities to insulate the house with natural materials.

Here are some visualizations of the project.

This is how the house will look at the end:

These are 3D visualizations:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5973197263/in/set-72157627151434929/lightbox/

Here you can see some pictures from worksite:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5969157117/in/set-72157627142890335/lightbox/

Here are the beginning of the hewing process:

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posted 10-06-2011 06:32 PM

Thank you for sharing. I have never seem this before. I found this very informative and educational.

-- Yesterday I could not spell welder; Today I are one.

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posted 10-12-2011 06:07 PM

How long do you estimate your family home will take with just your energy in the building? Broke my back just watching the video on placing the rock for the basement. You have taken on quite a worthy undertaking… building your home in the way you want. Good work!

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posted 10-17-2011 04:10 PM

Hi Huston. Thanks for watching. I hope that until next winter I will get under the roof. I started work on foundation this spring. As I am working on site from April till late autumn, these will be 2 years. I have an inspiration to build and work and I know that I will finish my project…

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posted 12-18-2011 06:18 PM

Wonderful project, logjacob! If I was 30 years younger, I would love to be doing exactly what you are doing now. You are heading in the correct direction. More power to you and the best of success with all your love, work and future. Meanwhile, in my older age, I am finishing up my renovated house prior to building a wonderful greenhouse (from recycled windows) and setting up a permaculture landscape…

-- Above all, it is a matter of loving art, not understanding it. (Fernand Leger)

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posted 03-02-2016 04:42 PM

It’s finished! Watch the video below!

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posted 08-18-2017 04:57 AM

Beautiful home shad you make that have the attractive look you share with us. Here you also share the blueprints as well through this your technique is easy to understand. Thanks for sharing your ukbesteessay service project with us that is pretty great idea for the number of home builders.

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