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Takt on site – Prefabricated garden studio / granny flat assembly in Canberra

Takt is onsite currently assembling another studio building – this time a garden studio / granny flat. Living area, sleeping space, bathroom + jewellery studio for some great friends who are taking the time to take part in the construction. Great fun to have owner, architect and builder on site working together. Stay tuned for more over coming weeks… Thanks to Matthew Park + Rob Chapman for your precision work.

After a couple of months of preparation, removalists collected the pre-made wall panels and window joinery (which is also the structure) from two workshops in the Illawarra and delivered the building Рalmost flat packed,  to site in the ACT. We arrived in Canberra to find the pieces carefully stored and slab waiting, and (almost) ready to be assembled upon.

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A few adjustments as the set out had to be mm accurate to allow the building to fit together
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The set out marked on the slab and wall panels were lifted by hand into place
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Dedicated site labour cleaning after a baking hot day
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Start of day three, starting to reveal its scale in the garden
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Natural materials of the pavilion form a new rear wall to the productive vegetable garden
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Hardwood  frames lifted into place with the help of a small crane
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View back out across the garden from the new pavilion
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Moment of truth – the final piece lifted into place and all the levels match, and all modules fit!
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End of week one and the roof is started, with enough framework to tarp for the incoming storm
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  1. Les Sprague Reply
    Great ! Marvellous to see the sequential nature of the process and, yes, with modules built offsite and other contractors responsible for the slab there was always going to be a little bit of uncertainty and perhaps even some tension! So, well done. I was involved in the initial stage with Gin and Dave demolishing the previous building on the site, so have watched the project with a lot of interest. In contrast to the usual method of buying in some commercial granny flat unit, which is the lot of many, this project has involved the client intimately from step 1 design through to demolition, brick cleaning, slab sub-contracting, and final assembly and fit out. This is building as it used to be - not just a product bought fresh off the cookie cutter, but an organic and cooperative process undertaken by like-minded souls..I was very impressed by the wood used in the frames, and the neat attention to bolting points. Les Sprague
  2. studio takt Reply
    Thank you for your lovely comment Les. I trust you will enjoy our week two post coming up later today.
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