Sign of the times

DSC_0126I am not sure you ever get to a point where you say ‘it’s finished’. The last two months or so have been filled with finishing-off tasks: fitting or making doors and door frames, installing the kitchen, painting, installing lighting – nothing of particular interest from a straw building perspective but hugely time consuming non-the-less. I have estimated that the man hours dedicated to the windows (installing, painting, glazing) have probably equaled the time spent actually raising the walls.

In terms of passing on advice, I would say to not underestimate the amount of time required to do all this stuff.

However, today a sort of milestone was passed because it was the day I moved the tools out and put them back in the workshop. Up until this point I have had an OSB sheet set on trestles covered in tools, screws and bits and pieces as well as random bits of wood and board distributed about the place – so it very clearly looks like a work in progress rather than a nearly finished project. But now, while there are still a few things lying around, it looks closer to a space which is waiting for furniture (and also sanding the floor, which is the last big job that remains to be done). I feel I can now say that the project is almost finished – just some snagging jobs and, of course, the sanding and finishing of the floor.  It will be done by Christmas.



One thought on “Sign of the times

  1. Hi Richard, thanks for all your posts, they are inspiring and well done on completing your project. It looks really well now and worth all your effort. I was wondering how is the insulated roof sheeting working out,is there any condensation on the underside? I am considering doing the same on a project myself. I’m hoping to build a small straw bale cottage this coming year here in Ireland.
    Best regards, Padraic.


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