Oh, please keep us updated! I miss the tropics, but I don't miss the humidity!Your stone cottage looks great.
We just moved into our own new place here in the Philippines. The extras that are still needed will be constructed by the local craftsmen. I'm supporting the economy here so they can do all of it. Since bikes and parts are hard to come by now, that's what I'm doing, just watching as work progresses. This shows the dirty kitchen being built out back, then in a week or two, the front gate and wall begins.
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Any updates from down under?
(Didn't roam this site for quite a while...)
You goin alright luke?
Anyone else heard from luke lately?
I logged on for the same reason.
Haven't heard from him.
I see I'm not the first to feel a little concerned. I know Luke's got his hands full with home improvements, but it's been close to a year since he's chimed-in here. Sure hope he's okay.
OK, I feel bad for not dropping in earlier now!
Falstaff has it right, we are doing fine here, just so much work involved in getting this house done! My health is a severe limiter, and by the time I finish a job I'm just wanting to sleep, so updating the posts just sort of slipped out of the priority list...He said he's doing fine, just been really busy.
That has come up amazing! Very cool.Your place is coming along great!
Not to steal your thread, but here's the update you asked for. This is why we don't have a car yet, and everything is paid for cash, no bills to worry about. Interest is sky high here, but everything else is cheap. We didn't have to do the labor, just get the materials and watch the workers closely. We also kept them fed well and made sure they didn't cut too many corners. A big pot of ramen for lunch everyday. We managed to get it all finished in under a year and barely beat the start of rainy season. We decided to go with good windows which lets one AC cool the whole house inside. We added a dirty kitchen and extra bathroom downstairs, using every inch of lot space. There's no room for a blade of grass but the wife took up gardening and has a thousand pots all over.
From originally 800 sf to about 1400 sf now:
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Garage, used for parties until we get a car.
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My bike bunker/workshop under the garage.
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Good to see that your still at it! Seems to come together pretty nice and in a clear lukethejoker style!While all of this is happening, most of the plumbing has been replaced, a toilet and shower is going in where the old outside laundry was, some landscaping has happened and lots more, but of course they don't make for pretty pictures, but it does explain why all this has taken so long...
My latest project is the kitchen countertops...
Cut up old steel signs and welded them in:
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Then added reinforcing mesh:
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Made up some moulds out of scotia and left over plywood:
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Cut and fitted:
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Then out came the concrete mixer, and we whipped up a special mix with black cement, white stone and jade glass.
Into the moulds it went:
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Left that for a week and then removed the moulds:
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Left that for another week and out came the concrete grinder for the initial grind to expose the aggregate:
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Wet it down with water to get an idea of what it will look like once polished out and sealed:
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I have a polishing set here that starts at 50 grit and ends at 3000, so really looking forward to that in the coming days.
It will all be finished off with a food safe water based high gloss polyurethane sealer.
We worked out the total cost for the tools and consumables compared to custom solid surface benchtops, and we came in at 11% of the total cost, huge savings and a lot of fun!
We are almost up to date now, aside from the huge amount of cement we are putting in to reinforce the walls and provide walkways at the back of the house, here is a pic to give some idea:
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There is still a lot to come, I have picked up some cool stuff to incorporate in the house too, here is some of it:
A Detroit Diesel grill that will become a liquor cabinet in the dining room:
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A heavy cast iron gear that my wife wants as a mirror frame in the main toilet (hand for size reference):
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A chain for something, I have not decided yet. (hand for size reference again):
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More updates soon!
I can totally relate to this. When we bought our 1873 house 19 years ago, it took us a total of 3 years to complete the restoration.
Good to hear you are both staying safe and definitely building practical and with that Luke style we appreciate.
Wow, great work. Interesting thread.
Thanks for dropping in!Good to see that your still at it! Seems to come together pretty nice and in a clear lukethejoker style!
Me thinks the chain would make a nice base for a couch table with a glas top...