From a 200 year old ruin to a workshop, a 3 year journey... #5: Working towards the first stones of rebuilding

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Blog entry by Serradura posted 05-08-2013 10:12 PM 3274 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The view, the reason for buying a 200 year old derelict cottage at this place in the rural heart of Portugal, is sometimes scary. Bush fires are common during the summer. In this case our view from the hilltop became a dark spectacle.

After a few years you get use to it, and it makes you carefull with fire. Sometimes it’s the only way to get rit things, so at the first rain fall in october….

To show that there is some woodworking involved during the first years of the rebuild, some pictures of the fence that’s placed upon the separation wall with the neighbors. Yes, it’s made out of Eucalyptus, for some an unbelievable choice, but here it’s the cheapest wood around.

Now building up the workshop could only start after removing all the walls that were to fragile and some of them even in the way. To make space for a car in front of the workshop we decided to reduce the size by a third. Taking away an outside wall means building an other one though.

To make shure that the wall on the backside wouldn’t get worse during the first rain in autumn, I started there by making the door frame. For the first time in my life I’m laying bricks and made the decision to make an arch. The first real building up!

Because we didn’t need all the the stones that came from the front wall, we decided to make some more terraces.

Next time; Building the new front wall.

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#1 posted 05-08-2013 11:13 PM

And here I thought Eucalyptus trees were only indigenous to Australia. Shows what I know.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 05-08-2013 11:23 PM

Answer to BTimmons; Eucalyptus isn’t a native tree here…. but for the last 100 years or so 50% of all trees planted are just those…. (fast growing, cheap) don’t ask me which species of Eucalyptus this is, seems there are dozens of different kinds.

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#3 posted 05-08-2013 11:54 PM

What a view from the shop

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 05-09-2013 04:11 AM

This is a very interesting project, thank you for sharing. If I had the time I’d fly out to help just for fun. And of course for some linguiça.
According to Wikipedia, Eucalyptus was brought to many places but it hasn’t worked out as well as intended. The article blames the Eucalyptus for some of the fires in Portugal and Spain. Who knows the accuracy of course, check the sources.

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#5 posted 05-09-2013 09:45 AM

Looking good

-- Todd

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#6 posted 05-14-2013 04:11 PM

You and your wife have a great eye for integration of old and new! Maybe I’ll have to post my journey later.. Not as visually exciting. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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