Studio 5: the cladding

January was a busy month for us. Along with catching up with friends we also finished off the last major work on the studio (former yoga studio): the cladding. We choose wood on 3 sides and tin on one. The tin side had been already been put up in November when my sister and partner were down.Tin being selected on that side has it was taller and harder to work in with wood.The wood sides- the west, front and back- were clad in fencing palings from down the road. The process took a while to work out but once started flowed fairly easily. For anyone who has made a paled fence then you would know the process. One layer of wood with a gap and an overlay layer filling in the gap.

What follows is a photo essay demonstrating the cladding process.


Deirdre working on the first layer of the west side. The hardest side to work on owing to the height issue. We worked top to bottom. I held the wood at the ground whilst Deirdre nailed the top in and then she held it in place whilst I nailed the bottom. We used 50mm galvanised flat headed nails for the bottom layer. With the wood being so hard we found that drilling these first helped greatly.


The west wall almost complete just waiting for the cladding to be done under the window. The wood piled under would later go up and cover this area.


Cladding the front. We learnt the lesson from the side and pre cut the front to the same height. This created a straight line from which we could work out the extra lengths needed for the triangle up the top. Inside Deirdre is busy sewing a dress.


Measuring the levelness of the second layer at the back. The back was our ‘experimental side’ the area in which we worked out the correct process and could safely make mistakes as it wasn’t on prominent display. This second layer went up a lot quicker then the first.


Whilst Deirdre was at work I set about creating some steps as an entrance to the studio. Here I have cut the left over fence posts to size and braced them straight ready to be cladded.


The steps completed. I used the same cladding as for the studio to give continuity between the two designs. It took half a day to create but was satisfying work.


Another angle of the studio and steps with the final cladding ready to be put up.


Cladding completed and ready for use.


The studio in context. If you look closely in the front you can see an outdoor kitchen set that we designed. Now for the wine barrel beds and some grass out the front of the studio.


3 thoughts on “Studio 5: the cladding

  1. How do you stop the wallabies from crushing your veggies and the possums from invading? Up here, if we don’t completely cover our food crops, they are scoffed overnight en mass. Lovely job on the studio guys. Very inspirational 🙂


    • We only seem to have paddy melons this year and they are nibblers but don’t nibble everything. The possums aren’t around this year- thankfully. Whilst it looks like we have done well we have had had only 4 crops grow well- broad beans, potatoes, zucchini and to some extent tomato. Oh and nasturtiums too. The bush beans, peas, and leafy greens get eaten before producing anything. We are going to put fences up come mid year to protect the garden and give Oscar and Yoda a space to run it. Hopefully we get some more crops next year. Thanks for the appreciation on the studio.

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      • We have had the opposite up here. We are growing our veggies in wicking fridges this year and ended up getting a late start so we have plenty of greens and not a lot else. We do have a bumper crop of beetroot and if the season manages to stay mild (like they say it will for autumn this year) we might actually get some ripe tomatoes and we look like getting a bumper crop of chillies. We planted a few purple congo spuds out in the fridge wicking beds and they have gone mental but that may not equate to much below the surface, it’s all an experiment at the moment. I am sure Oscar and Yoda will love more space. When we extended our small fence around the house that we installed when we moved in, the boys were in seventh heaven and Earl patrols the area so possums think twice before wandering around ad hoc. You are SO lucky not to have possums! They seem to be all over the place here and strip the leaves off my fruit trees and any stray roses that are among the jungly bits we haven’t dealt with yet. Your studio is brilliant. I love seeing what you guys build as your posts about the builds are very concise. Cheers for sharing it with us all. We learn heaps 🙂


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