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Looking to live simply and in harmony with the land they would raise their children on, one couple in Wales set out to build a hand crafted house on a modest budget.

The basic construction is a series of vertical posts in an oval, the tops of which are connected with horizontals. This ring of horizontal pieces makes what is conventionally referred to as a roofplate or wallplate. The horizontals are ‘tennoned’ into the posts although a simpler alternative is to ‘half lap’ the horizontals and use a metal bar / big nails to fix the joint on top of the post.

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Their site has lots of details about the construction, theory behind the build, and ideology surrounding their choices. The photos page has full sized images of all the pictures on the site.

Chris Connors

Making things is the best way to learn about our world.


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