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, 6 August 2007

August 6th - Drainage and internals

Mal and I worked on Saturday, starting on the upstairs lighting wiring and framing up the ceilings in preparation for the plasterboard. We collared the digger driver and persuaded him to lift the gyproc to first-floor level so we could unload it through the big south-east window. This was a huge saving in time and effort, and I was very relieved to have it all under cover after the wind and rain of friday night, which had thankfully left it undamaged.
We were a full team of three again today, with Melvin back on site. I spent all day on the roof (after a delayed start due to work), battening down the membrane. The wind had driven rain up under the sheets and in through the roof, and the whole upstairs floor was pretty wet, along with one of the the two piles of plasterboard. It dried out quickly and seems to be unscathed. It was blustery, and not a lot of fun being up there, with the membrane flapping and the ladder blowing down several times, stranding me on the roof!
Mal and Melvin worked inside on the ceilings, Melvin installing dwangs and Mal fitting the first couple of sheets of plasterboard.
Outside the lads from Walker Groundworks carried on with the drainage trenches, and we worked out where to bring the mains power and water into the building (under the back-door steps), and had them lay the necessary pipe and ducting.
Roger Lynn paid a visit in the evening with his plan for the landscaping. Looks lovely on paper. Also looks pretty expensive!

Drainage & internals

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