Due to my personal symptoms with mould and terpenes, especially pine terpenes, we chose to have a hardwood frame. I know of other people who’ve built houses over 20 years ago and they have allergy-free homes made using hardwood for the frame. So, you think it would be easy to source new, kiln-dried hardwood for a house frame, right? Well, it wasn’t!
With a great stroke of luck, Dan found the perfect carpentry team: Pristine Carpentry! He drove around looking at new houses around Pt Lonsdale; often the builders put signs up the front of their builds to say who did what. Dan said some of the houses looked shoddy but the very next day he was walking closer to where I was renting and saw a house that he thought looked perfect. He has high standards, being a handyman, himself! This house was being built by Pristine Carpentry and went up in record time while still remaining perfect looking, not at all like the messy building sites you often see. So Dan went back and spoke to them and grabbed a business card. So glad he did!
But before we even found our carpenter, our builder and us tried calling around other places and were told it’s not possible to find hardwood for a house; especially if the frame is custom built—as specified by our draftsperson. We believed that until we spoke with Pristine.
Our carpenter had to source it specially from Calco ~ Trusses and Timber.
We met up with Damien, the head of Pristine Carpentry, and worked out how we were going to go about sourcing the hardwood, testing materials, and sorted out schedules. He was so awesome with the chemical side of it; didn’t miss a beat and asked his crew to use the products we provided. They smoked outside, which was great too! Our builders looked over the contracts and pricing and all was well and good.
The one thing I can say about choosing a carpenter, or anyone who is going to be touching your hardwood frame, is choose someone who knows how to work with hardwood. This is immensely important. Otherwise you’re going to have workpeople who are just plain annoyed and cursing because their tools keep breaking (Yes, I watched this happen with three tradies): Pine is a much softer wood than hardwood; drills and what not get put to the test when used with hardwood. I watched one tradie go through three drills in a day!
It only took 10 days for them to get the bottom floor built. If not for having to wait on Boral Bricks, the top floor would’ve been done next but then we had no bricky because by the time the bricks arrived, our bricky was booked on another job. Mad scramble to find another bricky. Finally, once we found a decent bricky, the second floor went up just as quick (The roof was put up before this by ‘Blessed Roofers’.) and it began to look like a house. A safe house.
Another thing that we found most impressive was the way Pristine Carpentry handled our shoji door cavity slider problem: businesses who supply cavity sliders don’t make them in hardwood or oak or anything besides pine. Once our team found this out, they were like, “Oh, well, we’ll just make them up out of hardwood!”
It was to our delight and surprise when Damien turned up the next day with all 7 cavity sliders, handcrafted from hardwood.
It cost a bit more but was worth it as it was our only option; besides, they look great. All up we have 7 cavity sliders.
Did I not tell you this team of carpenters are awesome?
#slidingdoor #cavities #handcrafted out of #hardwood by #pristinebuilders 🏡 and #carpenters at #Oceangrove 🌊 and on the #bellarinepeninsula 🌞 These have been made to fit our #shoji #doors from #shojiscreensanddoors that will arrive next week. Thank you to Damien at Shoji Doors for helping to keep our doors #eco friendly with #novoc #sealents and for storing them until our #safehouse is nearly ready 🏡 #retreatRoom #yogaroom #buildanecofriendlyallergyfreehouse #MCS #CIRS #chemicalsensitvities #freedom
Okay, so now I show you what I’m most impressed with. Dan, not so much. I’m a bathroom girl. Love a good soak; and have been planning my upstairs bathroom for a long time (Dan can have control of the downstairs one.). It’s taken two years to get to the look right in my head: floor to ceiling travertine look-a-like tiles from Bella Tiles in Ocean Grove (awesome people for us allergy sufferers because they too, understood our situation and were most helpful as they have tiled a whole house for someone else with the same condition as me: extreme mould illness. Fantastic show room too! They also come up on the list of ‘Top ten tilers in Ocean Grove’.
(The blue tiles are for the downstairs bathroom to break it up a bit. Oh, sorry, am I taking control of the downstairs bathroom? Best leave that for Dan, but yes, he does like the blue tiles I chose.) Think of a bathroom carved out of the mountainside in Turkey, which is where real travertine comes from (real travertine needs epoxy and coatings of just too many chemicals for us to risk. Then there’s the price… But I’ll be posting more about bathrooms, safer products, etc. later.
So this is downstairs bath hob created by our carpentry team:
Downstairs #bathroom #hob expertly crafted from #hardwood by #pristinebuilders and #carpenters to the exact dimensions of #Reece plumbing’s #airstream spa Bathroom #design reconfigured by #KLMplumbing and Dan the #veganman #laticrete #expoxy #tile #grout #lowvoc will be tested in this room first before use in whole house due to respiratory illness. Ergo, I hear good things about this product for people with #MouldIllness #cirs and #chemicalsensitivity 😷 like me. This is why we’re building a #ecofriendly #allergyfree 🏡 And have the blog (link in bio) and the soon-to-be on ITunes #buildanecofriendlyallergyfreehouse book📚
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And this is the upstairs hob. As you can see, I’ve been playing around with design elements and accents already. It’s all in the planning, you see?
Pristine Carpentry: Phone 0417 573 832
So what have you used as a house frame? And how has it worked out in regards to your medical condition?