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.

Saturday, 9 June 2007

June 8th - Dug!

Nipped over in the morning to find four men from Walker Groundworks on site. One to drive the digger, one (Gregor, the boss) to supervise, one to drive the tractor / dump trailer for 2 minutes every half-hour (John) and one to lean on a shovel and very occasionally, when prompted by Gregor, push a loose clod of earth into the trench. God knows what it's going to cost me for the four of them!
They'd already completed one end and half a side, and I noted with dismay that the trench wasn't a metre, as I'd expected, but a good five feet deep. Gregor assured me that they'd had to go that deep to find a good hard footing. Quickly recalculated the anount of concrete I'm going to have to buy, adjusting the cost from £1500 to somewhere in the region of £3000 - 3500. Not a happy bunny.

Returned with the boys in the afternnon to find the job completed. Deep all the way around, and the pads for the support columns were a lot wider and a lot messier than I'd expected. Oh, and the 300mm-wide trench along the centre of the foundations is actually 450mm wide, requiring 50% more concrete than it should. Talk about throwing money into a hole!

Still, quite exciting to see the project finally started. No turning back now!

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