Renovation of an 1866 log-house in Mid-Norway

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    Welcome to 'extreme makeover'.

    I am an architect (56 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.

    For 2015 the plan is to make new foundations under my house in Oslo, hopefully during the spring. The bathroom also need a total renovation there. In the summer I need to do some work on the 1866-renovation project. I probably need to rent some professionals to to a few things (jack up the back of the house and pull it sideways 20cm). After that, I/we can make new foundations under it.
    Besides the construction work there are always a need to chop wood and stack it up in the outhouse for the winter.

    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... :-)

    If you are a practical skilled person, you are welcome to send me a note, and we'll see if we can make matching plans.

  • Type d'aide

    Type d'aide


  • Aide


    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 scaffolding, 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 hammock, making a pot-and-pan rack for the kitchen made of an old bike-wheel, etc.

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

  • Langues parlées

    Langues parlées

    Norwegian, English, some Spanish

  • Hébergement


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

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs


My Photo Album

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