Video of the build

The Wikihouse Foundation set up a time-lapse camera to record the first two weeks of our build as well as filming a few of the key stages during this time. We are delighted to have this edited version as a permanent record.

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New Year’s Day 2016

At the start of a New Year, and four months into the build,  this is how we now feel:

Proud of what we, and our helpers,  have achieved so far.

Frustrated that we had a week of inactivity before Christmas, largely because Martin had a bug and asthma which left him too tired and weak to do any physical work.

Relieved that we now have a front and back door in position and lockable.

Keen to get the external cladding on.

Grateful to everyone who has helped in any way.

Muddy due to the mobile home now being at the bottom of the field. Wellies are now our usual footwear but unfortunately the dogs don’t have any! We have built a walkway out of pallets and second-hand boards to improve the situation.

Thankful that we are not in a part of the Country that is flooded.

Amazed at the global interest in our project. We had no idea that we would be inspiring people throughout the World.

Concerned that we haven’t spent enough time looking after Martin’s business or the mobile home.

Hopeful that we can move into our new house at the end of February.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

 

 

Internal workings

With the weather too wet and windy to be working on the roof, we are racing to get all the internal walls constructed by December 7th. The gas engineer and the electrician are booked to come and do ‘first fix’ that week.

One big advantage of the Wikihouse construction method is that the internal walls are individual units and none are weight-bearing. They can be positioned wherever you want them and even moved at a later date to suit lifestyle changes. It’s just a matter of finding the right framework pieces, screwing them to the floor, ceiling and external walls, and then popping on the corresponding panels. This last part usually takes just a few minutes, but the wet room walls have had other ideas and we have resorted to using levers, heavy clouts with a mallet, clamps and finally a little bit of sanding. But we’ve won in the end!

We have also fitted the walls around and under the stairwell. We were disappointed to have to cover over the signatures of everyone who has helped on the house so far, but we have photographed them all and will put a print-out in the ‘time capsule’ which we shall hide elsewhere in the house. We have also had to reposition the false floor which currently fills the void above the hallway so that we can reach the upstairs bedroom walls and bannister from that side.

One week, half a house

After just one week, we have half a house!

Building a plywood farmhouse

The plan is to build an ‘agricultural worker’s dwelling’ within a tight budget. We have appointed Architecture 00 to design the first two storey Wikihouse to be lived in. The plan is that it will be built by amateurs (ourselves, friends and family) and will eventually look like an agricultural barn. If the weather is favourable it could go from nothing to weather-tight in just 14 days! The computerised animation on the Wikihouse website makes it looks easy!