The Power of DIY! building

There’s nothing like it!  I love it!  Ok, so I’ve got this small old shed in my backyard, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAit is a basic timber structure lined with corrugated iron.  It is really not a pleasant place, it is too hot in summer, too cold in winter and dark. And so I thought, wouldn’t it be great if it could, one day, be a place for visitors to stay, or me to work in?

If I was to follow the norm it would be a matter of money, paying thousands only to have my ecological impact increased through the use of mainstream building materials.  And I didn’t want that so… here’s the internet!  It’s all there, they call it “debt free building” it’s a great way to think of it.  Google “light earth”, or “clay slip” and start getting the straw and the clay ready.

Because clay and straw are not abrasive materials even children can help.  If you are considering fixing up your shed and considering making it a habitable dwelling it must be under 20m2 and be 90cm away from your neighbours fence.  The best thing is to check with Council.  And the best thing is to do it your self!

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  1. I love the point you make about children being able to help. What better way is there to have them help build something from such economical, sustainable, user-friendly materials! I look forward to seeing pictures of the finished interior. Taking control, mindful of council regulations, but doing it yourself, not relying on trades-people because we might think that we don’t have the skills or abilities. Great stuff!

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