Lock Up!

We’ve been oiling the cedar boards and windows which look great, the timber softens the metal Spandek cladding. Pickering Joinery from Geelong supplied the glazed doors and windows.

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Western Red Cedar windows, Silvertop Ash above, both yet to be oiled.

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Bi-fold western red cedar doors, mechanisms smooth and sturdy.

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Cladding going up around internal courtyard to be themed a Japanese garden.

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Views to the city.

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Roof on, cladding started

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Rear two storey section roof on and Proctor wrap installed. Great view of the city from the upstairs living/kitchen dining area.

Lower roof with courtyard inset

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View to St Brendan’s church and statue unexpected glimpse of the church from living areas

Lovely view through heritage houses back to St Brendans

Courtyard

Lots of natural light and ventilation through internal courtyard

Genkan

Our own Japanese genkan or step up into the house proper, will have timber cupboards for shoes.

Framing Complete Second Storey

The second storey framing at the rear of the site is complete, roof going on next week.

Second storey framing complete, bearers and courtyard columns started to front section

City views from the lounge and kitchen

Tatami room with ply bracing, will be plasterboard. Floor to be oiled with white tint

Four cypress posts forming the internal Japanese garden

Lovely dressed cypress posts

Wall Framing

The weather has been against us, but works are slowly progressing upwards, with structural steel framing up and timber wall frames in lower level almost complete.

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Lower level corridor/stair well looking out rear door to garden. TV/tatami room to left, master bedroom and ensuite to right.

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Tatami room looking out to garden.

 

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Awaiting waterproofing and core-filling of block work retaining wall.

Footings Completed 

20 July 2016. All hands on deck for slab pour and concrete stump placing. Wirecon concreting brought in seven concrete trucks to fill the slab and stump holes. The guys were using the helicopter trowel for over three hours to achieve a burnished finish on the slab.

14 July 2016 under slab plumbing, trenches and form work

14 July 2016 blinding concrete placed

20 July 2016 Under slab insulation also to sides placed, membrane and mesh

Concrete placed including set down for ensuite and block retaining walls

Placing stumps


Concrete pump truck

Getting closer

To get the project within budget, we reviewed the engineering design to change a large part of the structural steelwork to timber along with deleting some windows and non-essential items. The front floor is changed to timber frame with burnished concrete slab for the lower level, providing some thermal mass. A builder is appointed and we’re on track to start construction in May!!

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Design Concept

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The overall conceptual idea for the house which Workshop Architecture came up with was inspired by traditional Japanese joinery details. Images are from the book ‘The Art of Japanese Joinery’ by Kiyosi Seike.

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The interlocking wooden joinery forms are referenced in the interlocking forms of the larger building’s functional spaces. The blue forms denote enclosed balcony/external areas.