“SHE will be right” does not work for the WikiHouse house building methodology.
“There needs to be precision and attention to detail or it just won’t work,” said Peter Holden, owner of Australia’s first WikiHouse, who built his home in King Parrot Parade, Nambucca .
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Peter opened his home last Sunday, July 3, to neighbors who were either intrigued or involved in building the puzzle that has evolved on their doorstep over the past twelve months.
How WikiHouse works is that your house comes in a container; in Peter’s case, fourteen tons of precision-cut parts digitally manufactured with millimeter precision, so that they fit together perfectly to create a straight and precise building.
“You then set about putting the pieces together,” Peter told News Of The Area.
“It just doesn’t fall into place; you have to line it up and lock it in place, then screw it down to make sure.
“You have to have a penchant for wood, its natural beauty, its durability, its strength, it’s a great medium and it’s recyclable.
“I was drawn to the WikiHouse technology, the precision of computer-cut wood panels because I like the idea of things fitting together.”
One of WikiHouse’s ethos is for friends to build together and learn skills to undertake for their own building projects, a benefit Peter encouraged.
“I had some really loyal and dedicated guys helping with the build.
“I used local businesses through Nambucca, Macksville and Urunga and local businesses.
“We had a good camaraderie going on.”
But Peter’s project was not easy.
“It tested my patience at times,” he said.
“Initially we made rapid progress getting the hull up with tarpaulins on the roof, but the next stage took four months with more complex carpentry, getting in the doors, installing the windows, plumbing, electricity and tiling.
“It then became difficult because not everyone was available – transactions were all very booked and then Covid cases hit and people couldn’t do their jobs, which had the effect of delaying the stage. next, so everything was delayed.
“The advantage of Wiki is that once you have all the panels assembled and you have a lot of manpower, you can put it up and fill it quickly, but you have to be able to work with a very tight schedule. tight.
“The electrician comes in, the plumber comes in, the tiler comes in, all in one order.
“The challenges for us were Covid, trade shortages and weather events that lost me time.”
By showing News Of The Area the plans and how the house was delivered, you get an idea of how the parts arrived and what needed to be understood to get from A to B.
“Look at the structure of this one, everything fits together.
“I liked this part a lot.
“I really like that you could play a role in the design of your own home locally, from the start looking at the plans to measuring everything, everything had to be precise.
“It was a good experience, a rollercoaster of emotions where you really progress one day and then another day you come back and everything is wet because you weren’t careful to attach the tarp.
“Then other days where you go into a roll, a rhythm.”
Would Peter recommend building your own WikiHouse?
“Go ahead, but there are a few key points,” he said.
“You need a nice block, a one-story build, and to have your trades lined up and a team of friends who want to help you.
“You can have something much faster than what I took.”
Peter is happy to talk to anyone interested in the WikiHouse method.
“There are idiosyncrasies and things you need to know.
“It’s very self-satisfying – like a big puzzle.
“It’s definitely worth it,” concludes Peter.
By Andrea FERRARI