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.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

September 18th - straw & membrane

A gorgeous crisp sunny morning, and the first frost of the autumn at the plot (although it wasn't frosty anywhere else - an ominous sign!)
Had a delivery of plasterboard, timber and roofing clouts first thing from Doves, then Anna arrived and we got cracking with the straw, stuffing the east gable wall. She perched in the wall and arranged the bales that I ferried up the ladder. She has no head for heights, and had a bit of a crisis right at the start, when we were about 12 feet off the ground. After that she was fine, and as we worked towards the apex she even seemed to relax into the job, although it would be stretching a point to say she enjoyed it!
I had a brain-wave and discovered that fitting the top couple of courses of membrane from inside the wall before it was too full was a hell of a lot easier and safer than doing it teetering on a ladder at full extension, and it also eliminated the need to spend half a day erecting a scaffold tower.
By the time Anna had to set off to Melrose on a school-run we'd almost finished the straw. I collected the boys and brought them back to the plot so I could knock off the remaining few bales and fit the membrane.
Pretty chuffed at day's end to have completed a tricky stage of the project with no difficulties or complications. Both gables now filled, and the small remaining section in the front wall will only take and hour or two.
Met Stevie Sudlow in the evening for a quick run through the workings of the mini-digger I'm hiring from him tomorrow.

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