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, 26 March 2007

March 26th - Progress at last

After a seemingly interminable process, planning have finally come up with a letter giving us the go-ahead to build a house and convert the existing agricultural building to a workshop. Our application was lodged on October 23rd, and they're suppose to decide within eight weeks. It's now over 20! Still, armed with their letter, I've been able to secure a mortgage with the Ecology Building Society for £110,000, which should hopefully be enough to complete the build. Project now n the hands of Chris Peers from Twisted Designs Architecture in Yorkshire, who's charged with translating my pretty but deficient 3D CAD drawings into something suitable for Building Control, and, indeed, for tradesmen to work to.
Completion date for the purchase of the plot is March 30th - a mere 7 months after our offer!
I have heaps of drawings to upload here, but will have to wait until my broadband is up and running, as I'm currently borrowing a neighbour's connection.
Hoping to start the groundworks in April, providing the Structural Engineer gets the foundation details worked out. Dunno how he's planning to achieve that without any knowledge of the soil-structure, but will wait and see!

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