locked up

I cladded the bunk house and it’s now all locked up so I can now move inside and fit it out. The cladding was a struggle putting up 45 8×4 sheets of fibro by my self. The fibro is easy to clad, however the horizontal z metal flashing between sheets is hard to get- I only know of 1 hardware store that has them. Alternatively, you can use “alcor”, which comes on a roll, but you have to remember to turn up the inside before lining. A sheet of fibro is about $20 and available in various sizes. Your frame needs to be set out so the joints align and the sheets are traditionally staggered. The standard procedure on an 8ft ceiling is 1 sheet below window, 1beside window and 1 above, and the off cut does the eave. Horizontal D mold or arc 13 is hard to get in Oregon, so you will have to get it milled. Traditionally, corner angles were asbestos (even if you could find some they would be to brittle) so use plastic ceilings and cedar verticals (don’t use plastic) cover strips. I primed the backs of all timbers in oil base. Fibro is poorly insulated- it’s freezing in winter (which you can fix) and hot in summer, so ventilation is important. At the 2 apex I’ve installed fibro lattise ($80)  to create a cross ventilation. I’ve set out the wall heights to work the sheets, you don’t want strips at the top and bottom. Traditional fascia (bull nose down) and roll top ridge and barge with spears is a good look. I’ve chosen trim deck profile instead of custom orb, primarily to get rid of leaves and branches easier. Because bush fires pose a threat I’ve covered gutters with s.s.wire. External stairs are open with hardwood treads and I have picked up some 50s metal hand rail that matches perfectly from Retro Wombat antiques. $70 with a bit of welding and cutting. Large 6″ decking boards which match the main house are the best with hidden nails and you don’t have to stain if you buy jarra. I wanted a sun-baking area so I designed the deck with a canter leaver overhang on one end. Next to the stairs there is a small door which will give access to the fireman’s pole (just for fun), haven’t worked out how to install it yet though because directly below is the sewer main where i need to dig the pole in! Will have to redesign something. Back soon

My First Post

The existing home of 15 years has been a work in progress and served the purpose well for raising 3 young energetic boys and having many happy holidays for family and friends.  The existing home is only small and my three boys are now over 6″ high and now just want to party. So more room is needed.  All their friends can go down there and make as much noise as they like without disturbing us oldies. My recent project is to build a bunkhouse on the top of the garage to match in with the existing home in the 50’s theme.

Existing Home
Existing Home
Front of house – Garage Sale

So therefore the construction of the bunkhouse is in the same theme as the existing home which is fibro cladding on the outside with metal roof and traditional masonite on the inside.

The house is too small…
Construction Begins
The existing Dunny

A balcony, kitchen and bathroom etc has all been designed to fit in 80sq metres of elevated space, leaving garage available for a boat and Fred my 1978 Land Rover, whilst maintaining the backyard space for badminton. Access to the bunkhouse is via the staircase at the back fence. The floor height has been determined due to the existing rollerdoor drum. I’ve decided to lower the external deck to give an overall frame height of 2.1 meters. A low slung roof line, I believe, is a better look.  The main beam over the deck is just above the outside dunny.  There are four large beams that span the entire garage space. In between beams there are treated pine joists. The new framing timber I delivered from auctions over the christmas break  laid on the grass for three weeks. When I started construction I discovered all my timber was infested by white ants which are ferocious in this area. I had to throw some out…anyway I hope the building inspector doesn’t see the rest.

Four Main Beams
Four Main Beams

A pair of French doors glazed in Kosciuszko glass, a traditional early Australian glass texture,  which leads from the veranda into the bunkhouse. These doors were found in demo yard for $30. Bargain!! Timber windows to the rear of the house I constructed myself and glazed them using hammered textured glass. The kitchen double hung I got from the auctions, $30. The fixed high light for the bedroom I reconfigured an old window I have had lying around. 

The front main window I am not sure of the size and configuration until I build so I will order later. I will have to remember it takes one month to order, the look from the front needs to be in proportion. You have to be careful as a small window on a large flat wall would look silly and in addition a large window will be too restrictive internally.  I’m guessing the configuration will be two casements with Kosciuszko in the sashes and clear in the middle. Unfortunately my 1950’s pelmet I found at the tip wont fit, so I’ll think of something else?

A bargain!


Be back blogging soon. Work in progress!