Hi, my name is Natasha Labe. I am gathering a great team of architects, builders, craftspeople, friends and all of you together to help build an extension at the back of my house for 5000 euro? Can we do it? This blog will bring you on our journey to see if this wish can be realised.
The goal of the blog is multifaceted: We will explore ideas and designs; look at alternative building materials and engage in conversation around a multitude of topics, all of which will be driven by our real life experiment. We encourage your feedback and ideas, We would love you to share your experiences with us.
This is a work in progress. “Can we do it?” is the question – the exploration is the objective…
Barn Raising in Dublin City explores the collaborative concept of this project.
A Plastic Extension? Plastic is like the adolescent in the world of material. Malleable, brash, still in the process of developing and being refined…
Building with sandbags The idea of using sandbags as a construction material for ordinary housing is fairly new… could it work for the 5k extension? .
Tented Canvas Structures– a contemporary take on the safari tented camp. An Ecotourist Camp that Graeme designed in the Serengeti National Park, in Tanzania, using roll form steel and canvas and ask if we can do that for The 5k Extension
My Brother the Eco Design Warrior where we discuss creative construction techniques my brother Graeme Labe employs to build shelters in the bush, we look at a project which uses recycled tin cans and mud and elephant dung to construct the wall panels.
Charred Timber Cladding or Shou Sugi Ban (or Yakisugi) is an ancient Japanese exterior cladding technique that preserves wood by charring it. Traditionally, Sugi (Japanese Cyprus) was used.
The Sexy Shed Debate: Should the €5000 extension be connected to the house or should it be a stand alone structure? And if it is a detached structure, can it be called an extension at all or will it be an elaborate “sexy” shed?
Building with Paper Tubes: Where we look at the work of inspirational Japanese architect Shigeru Ban who is best known for his structures which use paper tubes as a material for building construction.
Container Living: I have been on the look- out for other interesting structures made from shipping containers. I have scoured the internet looking for ideas, as I always had in mind the possibility of using a container for my own back yard project..