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, 24 September 2007


Mal and Melvin's last day for a week, and I wanted to get the bigger windows fitted if possible. Melvin had to travel down from Edinburgh, so we were slow getting off the mark. Mal had dreamed up a very nifty method of installation, involving fitting batten to the outside of the frames to allow the windows to self-locate in their apertures. In the event we fairly sprinted through the installation, and had fitted all the windows we had by about 3pm. The only ones remaining are the two small units for the front bedrooms and the patio doors for the living room. I had set aside tomorrow to get to where we left off today, and it looks like I might have to use the day in hand to get on the roof and do some emergency slating. It rained buckets last night and there was a fair amount of water in the house. I looked in the loft and was heartened to see that there were no leaks where I have slated, but there are still plenty on the unslated sections.


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