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, 23 July 2007

July 23rd - Sarking and membrane

The start of another week, and the three stooges back on site for another day dodging the rain-showers. Central and couth-west England have been flooded to the highest levels in living memory, so I suppose I shouldn't complain about the frequent dousings we're having to deal with, but I wish the bloody weather would sort itself out before summer ends.
Melvin and I worked together for much of the day, cutting and installing sarkig on the north pitch and, towards the end of the day, rolling out the first few rows of weatherproof membrane. I'd emailed Jim Jordan at Rembrand with an updated windows schedule, and he called to say that all except the big lounge array of velux are in stock, and that we can expect them, on Wednesday.
I spent yesterday morning researching solar water heaters, and am just about ready to order a system, but was unable to raise the suppliers all day.
Mal worked on the external wall at the east end of the building and installed a ring-beam around the outside of the ground-floor joists, having first trimmed them all to length. Makes that part look a lot more finished.
Quite a big week lined up. By Friday we should be weatherproof and I may have started on the slating.

External walls & roof - 230707

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