Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Build - Wk 24

This week more rendering happened all around the house, with around half of the outside receiving it’s first coat of cob and an extra helper was recruited to assist us, our neighbour Matt.  Graeme and Phil set to work skinning the carport ceiling and verandah ceiling with cement sheeting, whilst Toby worked on more internal framing.

On Saturday we were very happy to welcome around 20 neighbours from the local community group, Grow Share Eat to come up and see the build.  We had a fantastic array of food – wonderful salads, kebabs, snags and Sarah’s fabulous homemade berry custard tarts – yum! All this wonderful food was washed down very nicely with two brew of mulled wine and some Tassie sparkling.  We have all decided to re-name the group Share Eat Grow…. :)  Once the food was served, the favourite spot for sitting was the sunroom.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Build - Wk 23

Monday evening saw all the bales in place and the rest of the week was spent compressing, beating the straw..., trimming (with a chainsaw and whipper snipper) and wedging straw into little gaps all around the house.  Fine aviary wire was set into the door frames and window frames to allow the curved shape that strawbale houses are known for and you guessed it, more straw was wedged into these gaps.  Two days were spend glueing on little squares of cement sheeting above and below the straw all around the house and wire was then attached to that.  This is a key for the render to attach to.

Mark, our latest recruit, started to attached a cob mix to the windows to create a good key for later render.

The Build - Wk 22

Early this week, all the strawbales were relocated from the shed to the carport and went close to filling it!   Only one mouse nest was found and all the ratsak had been eaten!  One pesky mouse was found to have chewed away through the expanding foam Graeme had sprayed all around the exterior of the shed…the smell of the straw was too much to resist!  Prior to putting the strawbale in, a runway was put in place on the verandah to allow for easy access.  Next job was to feed all the straps under the ladders for later compression of the bales.  Also the ladders were filled with Perlite, a type of absorbent bead.
Late Wednesday morning I arrived home to find the first strawbale wall in place in the fourth bedroom….it looked great. By the end of the week a good proportion of the walls were in place.