JOIN US AND LEARN TO DESIGN AND BUILD A SPECIALLY SMALL MICRO-HOUSE IN EIGHT DAYS!

 

WE ARE GETTING TOGETHER AGAIN! A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU WHEN YOU JOIN US FOR THIS YEAR’S SUMMER IN THE WOODS - WHETHER YOU ARE JOINING US FOR THE FIRST TIME, OR RETURNING FROM LAST YEAR. SET IN STUNNING SCENERY AND AMONGST LIKE-MINDED FRIENDS, YOU WILL BE TAUGHT AND MENTORED BY YOUR HIGHLY QUALIFIED AND SYMPATHETIC TUTOR - ARCHITECT PETE MANNING OF ECOARC. LAUNCHED LAST YEAR, THIS YEAR YOU WILL BE TAUGHT THE SKILLS TO BUILD A SPECIALLY SMALL MICRO-HOUSE USING THE THREE KEY ELEMENTS OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, CARPENTRY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY.

 

For girls and guys at all skill levels, here you will find a couple of practical hands- on Courses where you will learn to build with timber and work with architectural design with your Course Director Pete Manning.

No previous skills are needed, and you really don’t need to be physically strong. The main thing you will need is interest, enthusiasm and an eagerness for acquiring the skills on offer.

For those under 18 years, special arrangements need to be made for each student.

 
 

WHAT WE ARE OFFERING YOU ON THIS EIGHT-DAY COURSE...

In this second year of our Course, we will concentrate on building a Micro-house small enough for a tractor to move, but which retains all the basic elements required for sleeping, eating and washing. It will be built in several sections, with each section small enough to be positioned into place by hand!

The building techniques you’ll learn here will give you great flexibility, and enable you to build something as small as just 15m2, or a much larger building of 70m2 or more.

Course 1. We will construct the main structure: exterior cladding, roofing, chimney and flashing. The design aspect of the Course will specifically cover kitchens and washing areas for all sizes of Micro-homes - as these functions are the essential keys to a good Micro-house design.

Course 2. We will build the interior: paneling, fitting of doors, windows, trimmings and installation of a wood-burning stove. The design elements here will be the same as in Course 1, however, if you are on both Courses you will be encouraged to use your newly-acquired skills to start designing a Micro-home. Course 2 will be overlapping from Course 1, so wherever that leaves off, Course 2 will take over.

Once the main architectural design is complete (both exterior and interior) our main plan is to concentrate on the details and functionality of the kitchen and washing areas. However, if any of you wish to use your time on another design angle, we’ll be very happy to help you.

The theoretical part of the Course is carefully woven into the practical activities of the day, with a welcome breather in the middle of the day, which will also serve as a time for covering the theoretical elements.

Packed with valuable hints and tips, as well as wonderful talks, you will leave the Course feeling inspired and ready to exert your own artistic flair on a Micro- house of your own - whether that’s a little off-grid home, a workspace in the garden, or a glamping pod for summer getaways. We have eight days to do this, and we aim to get the main structure completed on Course 1, and the interior on Course 2.

You might also like to extend your stay after the Course so you can explore Å- Camp, the location of the Course, and maybe take a trip to the other end of the farm, where there is a lovely lake for fishing, and a cabin to stay in. Take a look here at Å-camp: www. aacamp.no

 

GOALS OF THE COURSE AND THE SKILLS YOU WILL GAIN...

Course 1 (14. august - 21. august)

• The importance of Health & Safety on a building site; basic First Aid skills (the most important part of the Course)

• How to safely and effectively use the tools you will be working with

• Maintenance of your tools

• Materials use

• Exterior cladding and roofing techniques

• Design skills and the presentation of your ideas

• How to construct and isolate timber buildings - floor, walls and roof

• Regulations regarding banister construction and installation of wood- burning stoves, such as critical distances. Also, which regulations you don’t need to worry about when building a Micro-house in Norway

• General wood-working skills

• Skills in renewable energy

Course 2 (28 august - 04. september)

• The importance of Health & Safety on a building site; basic First Aid skills (the most important part of the Course)

• How to safely and effectively use the tools you will be working with

• Maintenance of your tools

• Materials use

• Interior paneling and isolation techniques

• Design skills and the presentation of your ideas

• How to isolate timber buildings - floor, walls and roof

• Regulations regarding banister construction and installation of wood-burning stoves, such as critical distances. Also, which regulations you don’t need to worry about when building a Micro-house in Norway

• General wood-working skills

• Fitting windows and doors

The main goal is to construct as much as we can of the building. What you achieve on the Course will depend ultimately on your starting skills

 
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Your Tutors

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Peter Manning

is the main Course Director, and he will introduce and go through the assignments of the Course.

Peter has worked with wood structures for 40 years as a carpenter, teacher and architect. He hase designed and built the River-Eye tree-house which can be seen on this link -http://www.aacamp.no/treehousenorway

He will guide you through an inspiring week where you’ll see how you can start your own project.

YOUR CHANCE TO BOOK NOW!  

Dates, Location, Accommodation and Booking

Dates/Times   The first course runs from the 14th - 21rd August 2019, Secound from 28th - 04th September 2019. Both run for eight days, starting at 09:30 – finishing at 18:00 (on the last day we’ll finish at 16:00)

NB!  The most important part of the Course is on the morning of the 14/28th when we will be covering Health & Safety. We will also be trying out all our power tools which we’ll be used during your stay. So we strongly recommend that you arrive here on the 13/27th!

Half-day. We’ll need a half-day break on one of the days, so we can decide this as a group and depending on the weather.

Location   The location is set in a stunning wilderness camp which you can check out here: Å-camp Norway  www.aacamp.no

Accommodation   Your six nights will be in a shared room or tent (glamping) and include use of shower, kitchen and all the communal areas in the Camp. If you think you’d like a single room please get in touch with us.

All your meals are included (whew). And come expecting to join in and help in making the food (more info in the PDF).

Booking   Okay. You Can Book Here Now…

 

Early-bird (before 15th July)      kr7600 - paid by 15th  July     (770 euro)

After 15th July                             kr11600 -                                     (1180 euro)

 

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) The kr1000.- deposit and 1 day course fees are non-refundable. 
b) For courses of 2 days or more when you give us this notice of cancellation:
• 28 days or more – refund minus your kr1000,- deposit.
• 8 to 27 days notice – refund minus your kr1000,- deposit for sales kr2000,- or under. On sales over kr2000 - 50% refund. 
• 7 days notice or under – no refund.
c) Ecoarc / Å-Camp reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.

 

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