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, 22 January 2008

January 22nd - Insulation & joinery

Blimey - seem to have missed three days' blogging. It's all a bit of a blur now. Just eight days to go before we move in, and thre's still heaps to do. Melvin's being aTrojan - endless good-humoured (although he swears loudly - alot!) and incredibly versatile, skipping from carpentry to plumbing to cleaning up and back to carpentry with virtually no instruction needed. A real asset.
Over the last few days I've been fitting the kick-boards to the kitchen units, cutting and fitting skirting and door-frames, wiring the external lights and various other bits and bobs. Melvin's created a hatch in the lobby floor, plumbed in the stop-cock and non-return valve and closed up the utility-room floor, laid 10 rolls of 170mm deep insulation in the loft (with another 170mm to go on top) and numerous other sundry tasks. We have a list we're gradually working through, but it seems that we can never quite finish any of the jobs on it. No doubt it will all come together in a rush at the end - at least that's what always happens on the telly!
The boiler still hasn't arrived, but after a couple of very acidic emails that I sent last night, I was promised today that we'll have it by lunch tomorrow. Jim the plumber has been booked to install it on Friday.
The landscaping is set for tomorrow, and Gregor dropped the digger off today to prove it. Today our temporary water supply, which runs above ground for a few metres, was frozen, which may be a bit of a problem if it becomes a permanent water supply! Need to sort that one out with Neil...

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