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.

Sunday, 26 August 2007

August 26th - An appeal

Spent the morning bracing the scaffold, building another tower and lugging the planks up to form a platform. Another lovely day, but not as hot as the last couple. Discovered that slating around the stepped roofline at the front of the house was pretty tricky and time-consuming, with lots of cutting and a bit of lead flashing to work out. Our three boys and Buggy and Boo were on site, but disappeared for three hours up the hill with a picnic, arriving back muddy, bloody and shattered.

Mal spent the day inside, framing up the internal walls on the first floor. He's off the job for a week, fitting a kitchen in Edinburgh and cladding a house near Berwick.

I had a call from Tom Wilkinson in the evening. He's the contractor who'll be baling the straw later this week. Quoted £2 / bale, or £2.50 delivered.

And now the appeal. Building straw walls is traditionally tackled by a group of lusty, energetic volunteers - no honestly, it really is! A bit like an Amish barn-raising, but without the beards. I'm planning to get the straw into the walls during the first week of September starting on Saturday 1st. If anyone out there in blog-land feels like a day or two of wholesome manual toil in a gorgeous part of the country, maybe even learning a new skill or two I'd love to hear from you. Drop me an email at or call me on 01573 440761.

Plenty of on-site camping space and a few local B&Bs if you want to make a holiday of it. Food, drink, banter and guaranteed fine weather will be provided.

Go on - bring a pal - it'll be a blast. No previous experience or building knowledge needed (although if you've ever used Lego, you'll be laughing!)



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