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I've been enjoying watching this guy called Booglehead's videos of his SIPs self build on a stunning site in Tasmania. He built a metal kit workshop on site first and made a basic flat in there for him and his wife to live in during the build. He has then been building the main house with SIPs with occasional help from a friend and a few specialised tradespeople here and there.  It's a near-passive house, on one level with MHRV, zinc roof and a large carport. I like that he is just the right side of bonkers and talks in metric, though with it being Australia the regs are a bit different.  He does have an alarming habit of creating cold bridges with the enormous bugle head screws he is so fond of and the house isn't to my taste, but that's the beauty of self-build and the nature of local vernacular I guess. 

 

Obviously you need to watch the videos in the playlist in reverse order. 

 

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzJHPUKEmzWVlbuMLwIeT_52SooH5ROrB&si=1bo9fsoDs7syy5iO

 

If anyone else has any YouTube playlists to add to this post that would be great. 

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Thanks very much for the link to Booglehead's videos.

YT isn't to my taste: but that said I spend some time on it every single day, and hours on it when - as normal- I have no clue about to do [....] 

The issue of shared bad-practice does rear its head now and then. But often that's as instructive as the opposite.

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2 minutes ago, ToughButterCup said:

YT isn't to my taste: but that said I spend some time on it every single day, and hours on it when - as normal- I have no clue about to do [....] 

The issue of shared bad-practice does rear its head now and then. But often that's as instructive as the opposite.

Yeah, there's another channel called Break Heart Orchard with an American guy posting his SIPs self build that I have been watching and he is a bit of a 'how not to do it' guide.  It's interesting to compare his efforts and Booglehead's right enough - Mr Booglehead seems to have a background in construction of some sort and it really shows. That said, Mr Orchard did build himself a house and get it signed off, so I don't want to knock him too much, even if he did then have to dismantle some of it to get his furniture in afterwards. 🙄 He is pretty humble and candid about his mistakes though.  I got a bit bored with his videos after a while though as he left the camera running a bit long for me. He also talks in feet and inches which (in spite of my forum name) I find infuriating and very hard to follow.

 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNTohfwvpNKxHWiwDshFvx9rvGPqQ6qx_

 

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8 hours ago, Sparrowhawk said:

I've enjoyed dipping into this Norwegian build: https://www.youtube.com/@mindsparx1/videos to see the way a carpenter orders the tasks.

Oh I started watching this guy the other day. I can't believe that after his whole (self built) house burnt down he just said 'Oh well' and built another one in the same place. I don't think I am that resilient. 

Also - has the man not got any friends?

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Not about house building but about making other things....

 

Cutting Edge Engineering (big lathes, milling machines, welding etc)

https://youtu.be/KswiJrYhEbY?si=Dg8VU9tH1f4LCS8K

 

 

Blondihacks (makes steam engines etc)

https://youtu.be/yiAWsopdr0A?si=YFpUSzTGx2cLMeGC

 

Tally Ho (4 years into rebuilding a famous racing yacht. Amazing museum quality workmanship/woodwork. Nearly finished now).  Starts here..

https://youtu.be/4FhTu3aGM60?si=qlTHrnyRadox3Gqy

 

 

 

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I discovered this guy recently - The Crazy Framing Guy. There's hundreds of videos on his channel but this one is a taster.  He is completely mad - he builds timber frame houses solo without scaffolding or lifting machinery.  It's bewildering that H&S haven't shut him down, but maybe things are more lax in Canada where these are filmed.  He also works right through the Canadian winter without a coat!  It's all completely insane, but interesting to see how it can be done if you really find yourself stuck and the crane hasn't showed up or something. There's also some good lessons on his channel on how to build up framing panels, frame a window etc, though unfortunately these are in inches (which surprised me as I thought Canada was metric).

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUtyAA7Hr8o&t=106s&ab_channel=TheCrazyFramer

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These guys are self-building a timber frame house in Pennsylvania.  They are doing a pretty thorough job of vlogging every stage of the build. They are young millennials with a background in engineering who are doing as much as possible of the construction themselves. They did exactly what I wanted to do - bought land and got planning for a house + garage with flat above, then built the garage first so that they have somewhere to live while they build the main house. The difference seems to be that their garage and flat is pretty massive, but it's interesting to see how they made it and they also share all the costs in full, which is also pretty interesting, though I suspect that US materials prices are a lot cheaper than here.  It's also all in feet and inches which is really frustrating, but that's to be expected. 

https://www.youtube.com/@MasonDixonAcres/playlists

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I recently started watching a few renovation channels of British guys living in France that are quite good.

 

Bordeaux Life is probably the best one, Edd the guy doing that one seems the most professional. Life of Ryan is probably the more entertaining, Ryan is a bit of comic. The Pethericks is also good, they produce the most videos, Billy who runs that one is talented at renovating, but has been in the news for 'other' reasons for things he did when immature.

 

The video at the bottom is an introduction the Pethericks did on the Bordeaux Life channel.

 

 

Bordeaux Life

 

https://www.youtube.com/@BordeauxLife/videos

 

Life of Ryan

 

https://www.youtube.com/@lifeofryan./videos

 

Pethericks

 

https://www.youtube.com/@ThePethericks/videos

 

 

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18 hours ago, DreamingTheBuild said:

I follow a UK channel called 'The Restoration Couple'.

 

They previously renovated a house near Bath. Now on a farm and are converting a steel portal cowshed into a large home.

Yeah I follow them too. They are good fun and likeable people and it was interesting to see how they built their temporary home and what it cost (although the figures on the screen didn't match the total!) but I felt they are a bit trapped in the influencer cycle of having to constantly churn out content, when there isn't that much going on in their project just now. 

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On 19/03/2024 at 06:54, SteamyTea said:

Umm

 

There is a saying in Farming, "if you want to make a small fortune in pig farming, start with a large one".

 

Haha yes - it is a lifestyle farm though not a commercial one.

 

22 hours ago, Square Feet said:

Yeah I follow them too. They are good fun and likeable people and it was interesting to see how they built their temporary home and what it cost (although the figures on the screen didn't match the total!) but I felt they are a bit trapped in the influencer cycle of having to constantly churn out content, when there isn't that much going on in their project just now. 

 

 

There is still another video to come on the cabin build costs. Just to give myself some pain I costed the cabin up from the build videos, it came to £58K all finished but that excluded the sewage plant which I think cost around £5K, there was also the £9K they lost on the chassis. This was very much in line with what a guy who had also built one told them it would be. I think this costing is about right because a lot of the figures I had were very close to those in the first video.

 

I agree about the delay but they seem to have started ultra quickly now after getting the approval.

 

I have started a thread on the build in the 'Barn Conversions' section, I can't see how they are going to do this without spending at least £1m, the total size is 690sqm!!! But perhaps they will get a lot of matierals for free in return for the exposure???

 

 

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