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.

Friday, 5 October 2007

October 5th - sheeting, doors & plumbing

Another big day with very visible changes. Mal, Melvin and Phil all joined me again, and Anna fitted in a few hours between school runs. I was working at about a quarter strength and felt pretty miserable with some kind of chest bug, but the lads forged ahead with the remaining sheeting and knocked off most of the reveals. A huge bonus was when a delivery of gyproc arrived from Doves just as we were running out of sock. The funny thing was, I hadn't even ordered it - it was sent by mistake!
Mal hung both front and back doors and framed up the bulkhead in the kitchen. I pottered around with bits and bobs, including removing the glazing from the two front bedroom windows - both have to be replaced with something more suitable - and dismantling the access equipment from the back roof and inserting the omitted slates where the roof brackets had been.
Finally after weeks of procrastination, I bit the bullet and got stuck into the plumbing inside the bulkhead, running all the soil pipes from the bathrooms into a manifold and stack assembly inside the pantry. This will be boxed in and hidden when it's complete. I've been putting it off for ages, and hoping one of the others would do it, but in the event it went pretty smoothly, although the big soil pipes are a bit of a struggle to fit together.
The place is looking excitingly like a house, and will look even better tomorrow when the new patio doors are fitted.

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