Building a Home #1: Alot to Think About

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Blog entry by grainhead posted 10-20-2010 07:42 AM 1070 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Living in a not so mobile, mobile home is not fun. The thing is 14’x70’ built in 76. During its age it has seen several hurricanes. During Katrina, which was not a direct hit in my area, A small tornado came through and picked up the home and snapped seventy-five percent of the hurricane straps, then set down 3 inches off. This also caused several wall studs to break. The home was still for the most part still intact, so minor repairs were made, and the foundation was left alone. Apparently all this action caused some unseen leaks in the wall system which in turn caused rot to wall studs and floor joists. More repairs were made which forced a kitchen renovation. The work turning out nicely we carried on. A short time later more damages from other leaks in the walls were found in other areas of the home. I finally had enough. Major repairs needed a decision had to be made. Build a new home… but how. No credit and limited disposable income. I would have to build it myself. I didn’t consider how I was going to get materials, I just started researching and learning about all methods of constructing a home. After extensive research on everything from straw bale to dome homes, stick built to prefab, I needed to make some decisions. I asked myself “what do I want from my home”. The first answer was obvious, wind resistance. The other answers were, energy efficient, more space, unique design. What building system should I use? It will take me several years to get it built, so the materials will be exposed to the elements and could be damaged. I wanted to use my current sewer system and water supply. I also needed to break the construction into small phases as possible due to limited help. All this and more played a key role in making the rest of the decisions. So I began designing using some software on my pc and came up with this
Ignore the colors, those were defaults. What does this mean for woodworking? The building of this house is the beginning of my journey. Lots of woodworking will be within this massive project, and I hope to get into some furniture projects after the new home is complete. My plan is to chronicle the construction in a series of blogs here on LumberJocks. I am not sure if home construction is allowed here but it is not all about that, it is also about the beginning of my wood working journey. I have already started construction and will try to catch this blog up to my current progress when I have more time.

-- "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction." Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 10-20-2010 11:52 AM

I look forward to seeing your progress. Go for it!

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 10-20-2010 01:52 PM

You are in for an adventure! I’m looking forward to reading your blogs.

-- John from Hampstead

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#3 posted 10-20-2010 03:01 PM

Good luck with your big big project! We will be following along. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#4 posted 10-20-2010 05:23 PM

Good luck with this massive project. You may want to ask the home builders for additional guidance and professional help on Martin’s sister site,

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#5 posted 10-20-2010 09:33 PM

I will be building a home in a year or two or three or…

Maybe I can get some pointers from your adventure!

-- rick

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#6 posted 09-07-2011 12:19 PM

A lot of people can benefit from your ideas. Home building or making improvements is not a simple thing. One uses up resources. It is for this reason that you need to be very precise as to your plans and the budgeting you intend to use. You can also get some ideas from expert home builders

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