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.

Monday, 7 January 2008

January 7th - plumbing and floor-sanding

Didn't get anything done yesterday, as a puncture and a trip to B&Q in Galashiels ate up all the available time. Still, the trip to Gala was very worth-while, as I returned the unsuitable toilet that we'd bought in August for £190, and exchanged it for one at £60. Picked up a load of plumbing fittings, tiles for the shower and a couple of tools, and still came out with a £36 profit!
Armed with the right bits and bobs, I cracked on with the bathroom installation today. The biggest job was the shower-tray, which involved opening the floor up to run the waste pipe to the spot where the shower-trap has to be. Had to get the pipe through a floor-joist at an oblique angle, which meant a slightly awkward cut. The shower-room plumbing is now finished, as is the downstairs dunny. Just the bathroom WC and bath to do now, both of which are awaiting parts from Graham's in Berwick. Anna helped me lug the bath upstairs so I could work out the waste plumbing.
My last three hours on site were spent sanding the upstairs floors, to allow our neighbour Andrew to start laying the oak flooring when it arrives tomorrow. revolting job - I'd aborted it last week because I didn't have a mask. You'll see from the photos why I needed one!

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