Building a house
After purchasing a 45 hectars piece of Dehesa land close to the city of Cordoba in Spain we began to construct a small house ourselves. 95% of the work is done by ourselves. The rest is contracted out to people like electricians - basically for types of work where it is safer to know what you are doing.
The building is supposed to be temporary, which is why we didn’t build a solid foundation but instead put it on cinder blocks. We are doing the whole project also to learn and find out where the limits of do-it-yourself are for us.
In the beginning it was mostly working alone on it with some help from family members.
That got the subfloor built. Then we hired a farmhand and the construction is done between Juan - the farmhand - and myself. Here and there we get some help from neighbors or hire another person for a couple of days.
The project started in December 2017 and by early May in 2018 we got to the point that it really does look like a real house. Initially the work had a lot of pauses in between steps. Since hiring Juan speed increased.
|31 Dec 2017||Building the subfloor for the temporary housing at the farm|
|13 Jan 2018||Decking for the subfloor|
|21 Jan 2018||First time framing walls|
|04 Feb 2018||All walls have been completed|
|21 Mar 2018||Progress on the house build|
|21 Jun 2018||Progress on the house build 2|
|23 Jun 2018||Adding the Mongolian Yurt to the building|
|24 Jun 2018||Adding a second half to the house|
|25 Jun 2018||Closing in the roof|
|27 Jun 2018||Water proofing the roof|
|07 Jul 2018||Consumed by tall gras|
|08 Jul 2018||Every guy needs a backhoe|
|09 Jul 2018||Installing water pipe for the kitchen|
|11 Jul 2018||Decking the roof|
|14 Jul 2018||Electrical wiring|
|15 Jul 2018||Wrapping the house in paper|
|19 Jul 2018||Solar power for the house|
|21 Jul 2018||Installing windows|
|22 Jul 2018||Putting up drywall and insulation|
|31 Jul 2018||It is moving day|
|04 Aug 2018||Washing and drying with solar power|
|31 Aug 2018||Air conditioner for the offgrid house|
|03 Nov 2018||Working on the inside of the house|
|29 Dec 2018||Spent the night in the new house|
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