Welcome to the website of our hand made home. We’ve created this site to chronicle the journey of owner-building a home in Beechworth, Victoria, Australia. You can also connect with us on Facebook.

A big part of our desire for this project is to welcome the involvement of many others. There will always be lots to do on site, and we expect to have something happening most weekends. Sign up as a volunteer and we’ll keep you in the loop. 

Cleaning Up

Some days building a house turns into gardening and waste management. Getting the site ready for completing the driveway and remaining earthworks was the catalyst today. The black plastic pictured is our worst waste product from the build. Exacerbated by the fact some of it is now super brittle due to sun exposure.

Rendering complete

External lime render is all done. The final finish is a rough hand trowel with
an oxide in the mix for colour giving a textured look. Quite different to the look inside the house. 

Managing construction waste

A beautiful autumn day for sorting through site waste. It isn’t going to get our house finished any sooner, but it is helping manage the impact of our build. So far the only surplus materials to leave the site have been straw for use in mulch and some pine off cuts (untreated) for kindling. The big pile of lime bags you see will find a home in a hugelkultur garden bed in the back yard.