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).

Click on the image at the end of each post to see that day's photos.

Tuesday, 28 August 2007

August 28th - Slating & child-minding

On my jack again today. Squeezed in a couple of hours of slating in the morning, then had to down tools and collect the wee men from school and take them home for lunch. Made it back to site around 2pm, by which time it was raining gently. Looked like it would pass over, so I worked inside for half an hour, running TV coax from the loft down to the snug, and telephone cable from the snug to the loft, from where I can distribute it around the first-floor when the pressure to be on the roof has eased. I should probably run networking cable to all rooms, as the house and all its functions will be controlled by robots within a few years, but I have neither the time nor the inclination. Don't tell Mal, but I had to remove one of his sheets of plasterboard from the ceiling to route the wiring, then put it back up with almost as many screws as he'd used originally.
Rain didn't last, and I spent the last few hours of the day slating and flashing to the top of one velux and setting up to crack on with the second one tomorrow. Broke about 3000 slates in the process. Must tell Doves about the bad batch and try to get them to replace them. No pictures again.
Not sure if the straw is going to happen at the weekend, although once Melvin's back on the job things might lurch forward again. Still quite a wee bit of preparation to do before the straw can go in the walls...

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