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, 30 June 2007

June 30th - The first wall

No Melvin today, but five kids and three dogs on site to keep Mal and me on our toes. Late start, as a chunk of the morning was spent ferrying family around, and when we were on site the kids’ various and frequent calamities were a bit of a distraction.

Managed to get all the necessary dwangs in place to allow us to fit the bottom rail for all the load-bearing studwork. Several showers blew over – nothing too serious but enough to keep the mudbath nice and gloopy, and to make sure we didn’t enjoy the work too much. Didn’t make much difference to Hamish, who decided to impress Paris by lying in the stream, soaking himself from head-to-toe, then standing shivering and miserable for the remainder of the day!

Finished the day by erecting the first wall, the only windowless panel on the ground-floor at the west end of the snug. No work tomorrow, so hope it’s still standing on Monday…

Suddenly realised that I don't know whether the windows I've ordered are side- or top-hung. Really ought to check, I suppose! Also need to chase up the LVL beam and first-floor joists from Doves, as it looks like we'll be ready for them in a few days. This Mal character doesn't half shift. He obviously hasn't learned the British Builders' work ethic yet, and keeps forgetting to take his mid-morning breakfast, elevenses, hour-long lunch break and afternoon tea stoppage!

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