the panelbox hut

creating a level site

I’ve commenced work on the construction of the panelbox hut – a small studio retreat for the bush property, built from sandstone, steel, glass and different types of plywood… it’s a very simple building, but one with a strong sense of presence on its site, and, hopefully, a peaceful, secure and functional space wherein to spend time in the landscape, write, meditate and work…

sandstone piers

the first stage of the project – after the lengthy imagining and design process – was to purchase six tons of recycled sandstone that we’ll use to create piers for the hut. These long, tall blocks – shaped like loaves of hi-top bread – were recently removed from the perimeter fencing around Sydney’s centennial parklands, replaced with newly masoned blockwork. The stone was probably quarried from nearby Paddington and originally installed over a century ago. The parklands is a favourite place in the city, with a great loop road for safe cycling through avenues of massive figs and other tree species. I used to ride there ever day, so there’s a neat confluence for me in purchasing this stone for recycling in the bush.

sandstone piers

Phil and I helped load the stone onto a flatbed truck for delivery to his workshop at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney…

sandstone piers

sandstone piers

sandstone piers

There we cut stone into smaller blocks – each weighing over 100kg. They’ll be used as the foundation piers for the panelbox hut project…

sandstone piers

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