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May 2011

At last it has stopped raining and its time to get back to building the outdoor toilet.This project was started last year , and its about time we finished it off.And theres a slight change of plan, its now a summer house also..

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This is the site where we plan to have a Outdoor toilet, sauna and hot tub in it so hopefully by the winter it will be finished. It is likely to be our biggest project this year

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For us the key to building something that is not conventional is to find the materials first and then try to make the best possible use of them, so we have found some old metal from a hayshed , its curved so we use the curve to get us a circle about 14 ft 3 inches diameter. As power here is  scarce we have found that a 4 inch angle grinder is a very useful tool.

 

Now its time to level the four  main timber  posts a laser level is a good tool for this job, although as we are building a circular  green roof it does not need to be very accurate,

The metal has been cut to form a circle 14' 3" diameter there are holes drilled in the ends to join

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These hoops will get a coat of anti rusting paint

They have a Tcross section and are very easy to attach to the top of the posts, grooves are cut into the posts and they are attached with metal clamps, which should make for a strong job.

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After the first day we have  the basis for holding the roof on , the next step is to strenghten the structure.

 

Day two...

The hawthorn flowers are in full blossom and the place looks very beautiful We take time out to pick the flowers to make our third wine this year.Parsnip sherry and dandelion  already bubbling. There has been a lot of rain and the garden is starting to grow well,

Its time to tackle the roof, we are lucky to have some forestry poles available The local forestry service were doing a clearout of a forest for a road and they provided the poles free of charge. We are going to try a a recipricol roof it s something we have not tried before. There's plenty of info on the internet on the principles involved.The pictures below give an idea. 

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Day Three

Started the day by making some small adjustments to the roof. At present the poles are only tied with baler twine. We have wire elsewhere to collect so the charlie post remains for now.

So its on with the windows.

We have white pvc freebees. they are not something we would have bought , but with some resizing and a coat of paint they will do the job grand.

cutting-windowThese windows are heavy to handle  they have some aluminium strengthening bars inside .They are easy to cut with a hacksaw or old handsaw.This window in the picture was too big so one became two !

So with windows prepared its time to build a small stone wall for them to stand on. This doesn't take too long its only 18 inches high.

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Soon we are ready to insert the first window, we use poles to attach them for the present The plan is to get them into position and then build the walls around them. We are not sure yet what they will be made from,

We are considering forestry pole logs, straw or perhaps cob, or a mixture of the lot.

 

 

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Its exciting watching the progress, and the imagination is inclined to run wild with ideas. But we are tired and its time to call it a day....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next ...the walls..

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