Hi Folks. So this blog site will be kept up on an occasional basis from here on but I thought it would be nice to dedicate the second to last post on a pictorial look at the Happy, simply build in South Australia…
The next post (on the booking process for the Happy, simply home in SA) will be a last one in a little while as I am going on a 1500km walk in Japan for an idea I call Teaspoons of Change… which are personal choices, decisions and actions that have a positive impact on people and the planet one teaspoon at a time… http://teaspoonsofchange.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/teaspoonsofchange
Enjoy the photos from before to after of the Happy, simply home in South Australia!
I’m very sorry I haven’t got any new photos to add since the last blog but I do have new information to pass on… Below are a couple of lists: the practical facts and figures of building the Happy, simply home; what still needs to be done; and a small list of needs and wants to finish it off.
In my next blog I will outline what will become of the Happy, simply home – especially now I have abandoned it and left Australia…
In practical terms the home took:
3 days of deconstruction
22 days of construction
Around $1000 spent on a few materials and other costs – – the rest was salvaged, donated, gathered from leftovers, bits and pieces from people and more
Over 30 volunteers and around 10 builders
Many loaves of bread
Over 5000 views on the blog and probably similar on Facebook
Wide reaching support, resources, sponsorship, donations and generosity
Moved people from a group of people to the status of community!
List of tasks still to be done by anyone still keen to get in, interact and attribute their mark on the project. Plus I know there is very likely to be a solar workshop next weekend or at some stage to put in all the solar features:
fill gap in wall of toilet and shelter on the east deck
create a fold down desk
toilet to be built
paint polycoat on stairs and cedar wall, maybe stain or coat the bed – don’t use gloss finish it will make it too slippery
¼ round the edges, door gaps, skirting, etc
Joining piece for the flooring
Outside edge flashing if needed / wanted – important bits are done
Carpet tiles and/or black plastic under the home to stop weeds growing and so it can be used as storage space
Stabilise each corner of the home so not just resting on the original legs of the caravan – use the two axle stands and maybe get a few more besser blocks?
Tank stand reinforcement, cleaning and functionality set for human consumption
Fridge – I have a spare esky at my mum’s home that can be used but any hole dug in the ground covered will do the trick for the next few months
Fitting fly screens
Anything else you might want to contribute just check with Beau and Sam from the build and remember simplicity is the key!
List of needs (wants) for the home:
Double mattress under the thin top one we already have
Mosquito bed net
Wee container – something not see through and 2L is best with a big opening at the top and a lid
Fans 12v or small AC fan
With all these jobs to be done and things needed (wanted) I personally prefer to live in a place and from that REALLY determine what is needed and then see what might be wanted and go from that basis – rather than guessing beforehand what I think will be needed and wanted (rarely the same list). Since I won’t be back at the Happy, simply home in Aldinga till probably Christmas it would be good to at least forecast a few of these things so it can adequately support anyone staying before then…
Unfortunately I got held up at the bank this morning for a few hours in the city when really I didn’t give a crap and wanted to be helping build the toilet shelter… (enough of the bad dodgy uncle puns and jokes).
Luckily there were people who we hard at work this morning while I was sorting a few things out before I depart the country on Monday. Not only were they doing work they were building a toilet and bicycle shelter and giving the final coat of paint on the inside of the home!
We also had a couple of very smart people who knew how to use computers that control machines that cut wood into great shapes on the router.
I’ll let the array of pics tell the story for today as things seem to be coming together nicely for a mostly finished product by Sunday.
Confusing image of toilet with a clear roof and red cedar cladding!
Volunteers wanted and needed for the final couple of days if you are around!
No the title doesn’t suggest we are not doing anything or aren’t going to complete the project…
Only a brief update today and tomorrow as we had just a half day today and no building tomorrow as I will be giving a presentation at the Adelaide City Library in the evening – see details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1427638847508663/?fref=ts
Tomorrow night I will be sharing the concept behind the poster, behind idea, behind the motivation, behind the learning, behind the practicality of why and how Happy, simply came to be, but mostly it will focused on building a tiny home with a group of volunteers from leftover stuff…!
For now enjoy the time lapse of the project so far to date – 14 days in 2 minutes – when it is only this long does it actually mean we have done anything…?
The roof was finished today with the flashing up and now making the roof completely waterproof (in theory).
We also added insulation to the inside walls and are halfway done wrapping the inside amazing layer of breathability and high performance interior wrap from Laros.
From this day forward the build can move indoors and hopefully rather quickly and lower skilled than all the previous tasks. Just two decks and a toilet remain on the outside for outside completion!
With the weather looks a little gloomy tomorrow and the next day it will be a pleasure to be inside – building and with 8 of us due to volunteer tomorrow the Happy, simply home will be filled with community! A good tester to see how many this place will hold…
The day started well with a beautiful sunrise… and finished well with closer to completion!
Happy, simply is pulling together nicely. Each cut, hammer, screw, fierce-out bashing and piece by piece the home is moving towards the finish line (the outside at least!).
Progress is going along slowly but beautifully. We have a great blend of inexperienced volunteers all having a go and trying to make it work mixed with some people in the know who are wonderful at directing, advising, sharing and doing the finer points as well as actually knowing what they are doing – or showing that impression!
Happy, simply now has 2 out of 3 doors!, a little more cladding, an interior custom bed frame, the making of a back deck and is ready to receive a roof!
The photos are back down on the ground and a wonderful new set of volunteers about the place over the past few days, mixed with the old reliables!
Only a couple of days away from moving the building into the inside and looking forward to the students from Heathfield tomorrow…
Earned another man badge today using an angle grinder – luckily I had my safety shorts on…
Happy, simply became DIY today… Unfortunately we didn’t have any recognised builders for the day so a band of around 8 volunteers decided to take an eighth of the builder’s role each – along with some special guest appearances and from MG, the builder from the past two days, Clem a guy in the village who has done a bit of building once before and phoning a friend, Paul our builder from Tuesday!
In the end we did very well to clad the whole back of the home, finishing framing around doors and windows as well as finishing the taping of the wrap to make the entire place to now be completely weather-proof.
While we are feeling proud of ourselves for the moment, we will wait and see how much of what we have done may need to be undone… 🙂
It was a wonderful day as we used common sense, guess work and general scratching of heads to get us through and in the end with a lovely sense of completion.
On with the iron cladding tomorrow and we might soon be on the inside to do the cladding there!