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Renovation of an 1866 log-house in Mid-Norway

Pays: Norvège

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Welcome to 'extreme makeover'.

I am an architect (54 yrs) and in 2004 I bought an old log cabin house from year 1866. This is located in Møre og Romsdal which is in the north-west part of south-norway. I have lived in Oslo for many years where I am running a B&B. I have had volunteers working both on the renovation site and at the B&B in Oslo on and off from 2004. It has been a very good experience both for me as a host and for the visitors.

I need to move some stuff from a storage room to a farmhouse I just bought. I also need to remodel a yurt and put it up at the new place. If you would like to come along to help with that, it would be great. Then I will be making new foundations under my house in Oslo in June. (Sounds complicated, but no, it just require general practical skills.)

My calendar is not 100% fixed. I find it difficult to plan more than two months ahead. You are welcome to ask any time even if the calendar shows red.
It is difficult to have volunteers in the winter months. The guest rooms are too cold. I rarely work on the construction site in winters.
I see that my rating drops when I don't answer fast enough. Sorry about that. I'll try to improve...


Møre og Romsdal or Oslo

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I am renovating the old house, building an addition to it and completing a new structure, a small modern cabin with parking on the roof.
The work varies as projects move along. So far volunteers have participated in tearing down building parts, building up masonry walls, putting on new roofing (on the outhouse), building skafolding, deck, repair siding, painting walls, putting in a window in an old wall etc. Some of the volunteers have also creatively taken the initiative to small projects of their own, like building a box for firewood, a box for organic waist, building an outdoor shower, sewing a hammoc, making a pot-and-pan rack for the kitchen made of an old bike-wheel, etc.
The jobs waiting now are at all levels of construction from foundation of an addition to the house and building it up. Jacking the old structure and making new foundation under existing walls. Prepare for concrete roof elements for the new structure. Building walls in wood. Put in windows and doors.

Volunteers should be fairly practically skilled. Experience in construction is not neccessary, but having done some practical work before is a must.

Langues parlées

Norwegian, English, some Spanish


We have guest rooms in the old house. We have a wonderful and extremely simple out-door shower. The wonderful thing about it is the panoramic view while you take a shower. Simple outhouse-toilet facilities. Access to modern facilities at the neighbor house or in the village.

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Workawayer JC and our classic arch.
Workawayer JC and our classic arch.
Erecting a yurt.
Erecting a yurt.
Yurt early winter
Yurt early winter
Yurt late winter
Yurt late winter
My semi-indoor wood-workshop.
My semi-indoor wood-workshop.
New addition to the old house.
New addition to the old house.
Progression for old house and new. Workawayer Matt just before pouring concrete on floor.
Progression for old house and new. Workawayer Matt just before pouring concrete on floor.
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