Added by on 2016-12-15

(In case you’re wondering – we haven’t made Part One yet (the main house build) – but that’s on its way…) It’s been ten years since we designed and built our house, so it seems appropriate to start an occasional series about it all. Building your own house has to be one of the most exhilarating and exciting things anyone can do in their lives. (It’s also expensive, exhausting and stressful too, but we wont go there for now…) We weren’t filming anything back then, but we have a few (hundred) photos which we hope you’ll find helpful. This one is about the design of the roof – there’s much more we can say about it, but that will have to wait. There was a leak along one edge recently – which we fixed easily. Perhaps we should put up a video about that? Apart from that – the roof has performed better than we had hoped. Our house isn’t perfect – we made it ourselves. but it’s a great house and we love it. We built all the parts in advance in the workshop (with a small crew) and then friends and family turned up and worked incredibly hard to assemble it. Most of it was put together in two weeks. It was a good time and we will always be so grateful to those who helped. (Already one has left us forever – Pam. It was a privilege to know her and count her as a friend.) Here’s our online store where you can see some of the craft things we make and sell.. and here’s our Patreon page.. Copyright WayOutWest. All rights reserved. Please share if you like, but don’t copy or use without permission. Just get in touch via email blowinblog @ Don’t […]


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  • Oxbow Farm 11 months ago

    I see how the rafters just follow the curve of the rooflines, but did the plywood sheathing just mate up evenly in all directions or did you have to make fitting cuts?

  • honeytearz1228 11 months ago

    where is part one? link anyone??

  • Katie Hutchinson 11 months ago

    "People power" love it

  • oikfeadd 11 months ago

    Im wondering what nylon membrane it is on 3:32. Cant find much on google. Can you give more information?

  • Theresa Podoll 11 months ago

    Can't wait to see "How We Built OUr House- Part One"!!!

  • jamescrowther1234 11 months ago

    Very clever design and well explained!

  • BassHeadsProduction 11 months ago

    adopt me. ill work on the farm for food and will stay in the rabbit paddock .

  • Henis Eupatrides 11 months ago

    You are telling me, you build house with green roof, without the door to it.

  • Frontierless Craftsman 11 months ago

    The onion bags are a touch of genius I was wondering how you were going to negate slippage.

  • speaker2cats 11 months ago


  • I Don Tcare 11 months ago

    Wonderful idea! I know what ye mean with rain, I live in Clifden Co. Galway and it perpetually rains. I can count on my fingers and toes the amount of sunny days we've had in the last two years. Take care!

  • rizzt007 11 months ago

    wow…. this is too cool… i wish i hv your creativity

  • rizzt007 11 months ago

    wow…. this is too cool… i wish i hv your creativity

  • happy bandaner 11 months ago

    anyone else get soft undertale vibes from these people?

  • Nightcrawler 2 11 months ago

    I've been studying green powering and improvement for years now. I'm only a LEED associate but did take a AP course in new construction. This is truly amazing what you have done here.

  • Johan Meijlaers 11 months ago

    Yay! Discovered your house some months ago while watching some vids on bees and i was like WoW!. No slough myself, I transformed a 1930's garage in an 'almost' passif house – there is no need for heating. Now I am patiently waiting for the ivy to cover walls and roof. It's not a green roof like yours but it ain't half bad either. And to while away the time, for inspiration i watch all your other videos. Bring on part one ;-)

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  • Lenny F 11 months ago

    interesting video, looking forward to Part 1

  • Todd Cottle 11 months ago

    Thanks – Looking forward to part 1.