Strawbale House

This blog is intended to chart our progress through the self-build process, from half-hearted plot-hunting through to completion of the build. The twist is that we're building the house from timber and straw (hence the blog title).

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Wednesday, 22 August 2007

August 22nd - slating and internals

It's hard to believe that we were on the same continent as yesterday. A beautiful warm sunny day, with slates warm to the touch and a very bronzed face by the end of the afternoon, the sun having found a way through the slatey smudges. Now that I've cleared the top of the roof-lights, progress is a lot faster, with no cutting or flashings to contend with. I thought I might reach the ridge-line at one end, but didn't quite make it. Access is now proving tricky. I've ordered a roof-ladder, which will help. Hope it comes quickly.
Mal forged ahead downstairs, and by knock-off had finished all the stud walls for the snug, WC and lobby. The WC is pretty tight for space, and we've decided to opt for a very small basin, and have moved the radiator position to try to conform to the disabled access requirement in the building regs.
My phone was red-hot today with work-calls coming in at a rate of several an hour. No idea why, but the upturn is very welcome. Really need to earn some cash. Might have to take a couple of short days at the plot and get some orders out.
Spoke to Patrick Fraser, who's currently growing my straw. He reckons it will be cut next week. Need to work out how to move it and where to store it, as I don't think the house will be ready for it.
Mal has left the project for a week to honour a long-standing commitment to install douglas fir cladding to a house near Berwick, so I'll be self-motivated for the next few days. Not sure when Melvin's back.

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