- Commenced: 01/12/2011
- Submitted: 28/02/2012
- Last updated: 01/08/2012
- Location: Gavorrano, Italy
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We are in!
windows done, solar door done, kitchen desk done, wooden platforms done as we keep on evolving
We finally moved in the newly (almost completely) reformed house!
The window frames turned up quite nicely, as well as the solar furnace door. I've tryed many times but I realized that it is almost impossible to photograph... too many riflections on the lower part!
The tempered glass in the lower part of the door, contains a black box where recycled antenna pipes are shaped into 4 hollow branches. It's all painted in high temperature resistant black paint and allows cold(er) air from the inside of the house to be warmed up inside the black box and released higher and warmer just below the door's glass. A simple sliding device allows air to be released to the outside, if the house does not need to be warmed up.
It's definitely not a highly efficient heating device but it does work, as you can feel the air coming out of the outlets. The room inside is way to be feel the difference though.
On the other hand it's a pretty door indeed but only real life vision can proove that until I find the way to take a good picture without reflections.
I built two wooden decks: one for my family to sleep (9 square meters) which is 2 meters high from the floor; another one for the kids to play and dining (10 square meters). This one is just about 0.25 meters high but has 4 openings that allow for lots of storage space below.
I've also built a kitchen desk out of recycled pallet and some other leftover boards. It's all been treated with water based paints, as well as the window frames, the door and the platforms. On the lower part I used also a solution of borax-salt, recipe suggested by a good friend, expert on natural wood treatments.
They all worked very well for the purpose.
The right sink in the kitchen (The Right Way) sends water out to a hanging garden that I will soon install along the entrance stairs and the front garden.
The insulation of the ceiling in the sleeping room (up to 4.5 meters high) was done with kenaf, a natural fiber close to hemp that's grown and processed here in Italy. You can see how I decorated the wood covering it up, on top of my kids in the third picture.
By the way the tree supporting that platform was NOT cut: it's a windfall that the donkeys had already cleaned out of its bark. As a matter of fact that plant it's still alive as one portion of the tree did not break in that storm!
Many other branches have turned into legs and supports for shelves and drawers.
Getting a little rest in these days as I plan the next steps.
We have already tested a nice sofa-bed for guests. Keep it in mind if you want to come and check out how it's all coming along ;)