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, 1 September 2007

1st September - Slating

A short day at the plot, sandwiched between a family morning in Kelso and an early knock-off to cook dinner. Used up the remaining slates, and got to within a few rows of the top. Deliberately didn't order more slates, as I need to spend the next few days getting the walls ready for the straw. A couple of showers passed over, and while I sheltered I stapled polythene sheeting to the underside of the rafters inside the wall cavity. This is to ensure that any water that manages to find its way through any leaks in the roof doesn't find its way onto the bales. The polythene will divert it out to beyond the membrane, where it wil drin harmlessly out below the cladding. But, of course, there won't ever be any leaks in the roof..!
Took the belt-sander and plane home and did a bit of work on one of the big douglas fir posts that will be a feature in the living room, holding up the big structural beam.

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