Wood House – Auroville / Stone flooring and carpentry works

Almost a year since the house was ready for occupation foastudio realizes that the documentation of the “wood house” in the forest never got beyond the wattle & daub walls – a fact in need of immediate correction.

The photos in this post show the work on the stone flooring – quite an adventure driving the craftsmen to their limits – and the carpentry work on the plywood walls and the window screens. Enjoy 🙂

To see the earlier stages of this project please click here and here.

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Looking at the photos now – one year after completion – brings back a lot of nice memories: the frantic work, the design-on-the-spot sessions with Ravi the carpenter, the time pressure to finish, the funds disappearing (ufff … now it is ok, then it was quite something 🙂 ) …

The above photo shows the almost finished wattle&daub walls and a typical window “grill” – simple louvers made of wood from trees felled by Thane cyclone.

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Setting the frames for the window louvers.

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The carpenters working inside the house on finishing the window frames … balancing on the loose RCC beams which later take the load of the floor.

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One of the carpenters at work. Now with distance it is nice to see him work quite unstressed on the wood – then nothing could go fast enough and the actual “speed” was nerve-wrecking.

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Just like they have been doing it for centuries …

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The planed plywood goes into the frames. Wherever we have the diagonal braces two panels of ply cover them and make for the walls.

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The plywood being placed inside the frames; the cuddapah stones lying ready to be used…

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Carefully selected stone slabs – only slabs with min. 600mm width and 25mm thickness were selected as we needed to respect the beam grid below.

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It looks straight-forward on the photographs but the actual work drove one set of stone mason to the point that they quit after laying one room … endless adjustments, crawling under the beams, lifting the slabs above tthe beams to mark, then down again to cut etc …

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Respect to the man and I can’t judge him running off after giving it a serious try :-)In the end another team came and finished the job.

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The tools of the trade …

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He is still from the first team – the main guy from the second and final team did the cutting free-hand …

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The main bedroom with the stone floor finished and the plywood walls inserted.

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From the other side of the room … Simplicity. Stone, wood, earth, air …

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The main living and dining area.

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And looking from the kitchen area towards west …

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Intensive days … money going out in a crazy speed, time running out, everything too slow, too many details still not clear, workers some days not available … quite a test 🙂

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Almost there …

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And suddenly … the house is ready and the residents move in 🙂

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