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, 21 May 2007

Moving inexorably towards D-Day

Last week I was delighted to find the registration of my warrant application lying on the doormat. My email asking building control to try to hurry it along must have worked. All they need now is SEPA's approval of the sewage plant that's being installed by the vendor of the plot. This has already been dealt with, so I asked the vendor's solicitor to do the needful.
Spoke to Walker Groundworks and arranged for them to start the foundation towards the end of this week. Exciting times!
On the flip-side, progress with the drawings seems to come in faltering steps, with each new set of drawings revealing a fresh batch of misunderstandings, misconceptions and errors. The foundation details and calculations are just about there, I think, so at least we can make a start while the frame details are being sorted.
I've had three quotes for roof trusses, each a few hundred pounds lower than its predecessor. The latest is £2800 + VAT for the 28 trusses and two ladders, from a workshop in Northumberland.

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