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, 4 September 2007

September 4th - nowt much

Headed to the plot around 9, but just couldn't get into the swing. Mal and Melvin were in Foulden again, and had taken every tool I needed except my hammer. No stapler for the polythene, no power saw for the OSB, no nail-gun for the dwangs. It might well be true that all these tools belong to Mal, but that's beside the point! Scratched around looking for something to do, then finished nailing the external OSB. Just as I was done, Jack arrived.
We headed off to Foulden together to have a look at the cladding Mal and Melvin have been fitting. Very nice larch, although someone had screwed up on the quantities and they ran out with both gables still bare. On the bright side, it means we'll have them back on site tomorrow.
Made it back to the plot with Jack around 4 and put in a token hour-and-a-half on the sub-floor and cutting dwangs for the floor-joists.
A big consignment of windows and flooring arrived from Rembrand today and I had to ask Mick Gamble to unload them with his pick-up for us. Doves had also been and dropped off a load of OSB and 60 sheets of plasterboard, which had been left in just about the most inconvenient place on the plot. Asked the rembrand driver to shift them with his high-ab, which he did without a murmur. Pretty decent, considering the materials had come from a competitor!
Must experiment with the straw tomorrow to make sure I'm prepared if anyone shows up to help at the weekend. So far I have three offers of help, only one of which is concrete.

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