Cordwood Cabinthe place we built and lived in while building the main house
- we could learn the skills we would need for building the main house on a not-so-important structure
- we could make mistakes which would hopefully be less costly, being a smaller house
- we’d have somewhere to live right at the building site while we built our main home
- we would find out if we could even embark on a project like this without murdering each other
The Building of the Cabin took 39 days. This included preparing the site for a foundation, building the timber framework, cordwooding the walls, and insulating and preparing the roof for earth, but did not include plumbing or electricity. While we built the cabin, we lived in a tent with our sons, then aged seven and five. Our days of building started at dawn and usually didn’t finish until 10 or 11 at night. We had no power or water on site; not only did this impact our building methods (everything mixed by hand, water brought to the site in drums), it also meant cold turkey from electricity for the kids.