You can call it rustic but not crude

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We built this in 1998, while I was working 28 days on, 28 days off in Bolivia. My wife built the forms and fabricated and tied the rebar for the foundation while I was gone. When I got back, we set the forms and poured 385 sacks of Sackcrete. When I returned the next time, she had bought the sills, joists and sub-floor, had the sills bolted in place on the piers, the joists laid and blocked in and half the sub-floor down. We finished the subfloor, popped the chalk lines for the walls and started nailing up the walls, which are KD landscape timbers, laid butt and butt, using 6-inch ring-shank pole barn nails. I have pics of the process and will post them later, if anyone is interested. Took us six months to complete it.

-- rejo55, East Texas

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 04-06-2012 03:23 AM

First of all, that’s a great wife to help that much.

Second, nice job. Nobody should critique home constitruction if they haven’t done it.a lot of time & work.

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Eric in Florida.

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#2 posted 04-06-2012 05:09 AM

Good job to you & your wife.
That sounds like a ton of work, but it sure looks like it came out nice!
I think a blog post with some of your process pictures would be pretty cool.
Working 28 on / 28 off in Bolivia sounds like a story in itself.

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#3 posted 04-06-2012 05:10 AM

Great Job on the build. I would like very much to see the build pics. Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 04-06-2012 05:14 AM

My kinda wife. You go girl

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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#5 posted 04-06-2012 11:37 AM

Great looking home! I’d like to see some of the details too.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 04-06-2012 11:41 AM

I built my humble abode 27 yrs ago out in the wilderness, with handtools & no concrete!! Yours looks much better than mine! Yours took less time too! great job, you two.

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#7 posted 04-06-2012 11:42 AM

wow, wish i had such great place

-- -Thomas -

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#8 posted 04-06-2012 11:56 AM

Many thanks, y’all for the warm welcome. Have been following y’all for several months and decided that I really wanted to be a part of it. Never have I seen a more supportive and friendly group. Course, there are a few sourpusses, but that’s what makes it interesting. Going to Louisiana today for a family reunion. Will post more pics of the house project (inside and out) when I get back next week.

Happy Easter

-- rejo55, East Texas

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#9 posted 04-06-2012 12:01 PM

^I’m definitely interested in more pics!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 04-06-2012 12:02 PM

I would love to see more detailed pics. Looks like you did a great job.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 04-06-2012 12:41 PM

Great job on the house and it is great to have a wife like yours to work so well on this project.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 04-06-2012 02:32 PM

Really very nice house. Love to see the insides!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 04-06-2012 02:47 PM

385 bags! To lift, mix and pour! Then finish off. I’ve done 20 and thirty bags! She deserves a Sumperman tee shirt! A healthy life style…LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Chuck Murphy

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#14 posted 04-06-2012 03:08 PM

That house looks good! And that wife sounds like a keeper. And, not for nothing, I’d be careful around her it sounds like she could do just fine all by herself!

Looking forward to seeing your pictures!


-- Chuck Murphy

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#15 posted 04-06-2012 04:04 PM

Looks great, can’t wait to see more pictures.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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