Week 11 Roof and handover

28 03 2015

It’s busy on site – we had a site meeting early in the week to go through the electrical plan and talk through the straw bale wall raising and rendering and how that will fit around the rest of the site works.

Internal frames were still going up, including bracing plywood, and then the sissilation and colorbond roof went up on Saturday.

Roof sheets going on (Colorbond Surfmist)

Roof sheets going on (Colorbond Surfmist roof with Ironstone gutters and edging)

Showing the internal framework.

Showing the internal framework.

Bottom box plates for the strawbales - strapping goes under the timber, filled with gravel then bales on top.

Bottom box plates for the strawbales – strapping goes under the timber, filled with gravel then bales on top.

A bathroom end panel so the bales aren't in contact with the wet area.

A bathroom end panel so the bales aren’t in contact with the wet area.

Looking towards the living room wall.

Looking towards the living room wall.

Looking towards the kitchen wall

Looking towards the kitchen wall

Roof ON!

Roof ON!

Roof on.

Roof on.





Week 10 Internal frames

19 03 2015
Internal timber frame on the upper level going in, with all roof timbers in and the pergola timbers also.

Internal timber frame on the upper level going in, with all roof timbers in and the pergola timbers also.

A day later. the roof had been framed and more internal work up, including the box plates for the bales.

A day later. the roof had been framed and more internal work up, including the box plates for the bales.





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Week 9 LVLs in place

15 03 2015

The highly structural LVL (laminated veneer lumber) painted in the gorgeous bright yellow got put up. The roof looks quite high now! The ceiling will be attached to the underside of the LVL beams, so will follow the slope of the roof – no ceiling will be horizontal*!

The beams run all the way out to the pergola.

Originally, on the architect’s plans, the ceiling was to be directly under the roof line, above the LVLs so that they were exposed rafters. After discussion with the builder about how ugly and spintered the LVL timber is, it was decided to drop the ceiling below the LVL beams. That means all ceilings will be 29cm lower, but 29cm from 4m is not a huge loss! It also gains us some structural advantages – more roof space means more room for insulation and if we ever want to install ducted cooling there will be a cavity in the roof available. It also means the ugly beams are hidden and that the ceiling will not be directly attached to the roof by the same member – so when the roof moves, the ceiling won’t crack. Our ceilings will be much flatter and less prone to cracking. And it saves on 3 days of sanding and painting if we had wanted the exposed beams looking decent.

The lower line of timber is where the straw bale walls will be built up to (2.4m) with colorbond cladding making up the strange triangular shaped upper section of the walls until the roof line.

*the ceiling in bath 1 will be horizontal as it is lowered to accommodate secret overhead storage, which could double as a capsule hotel room.

The timeline for the next month is set – all framing and roof to be on by 30th March, straw bales delivered on the 31st March and the first weekend of April for starting the walls. A truck holds 320 straw bales, so that’s what we’re starting with and we’ll get more when we need them.

Start of the week progress

End of the week progress

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End of the week progress

End of the week progress

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Week 8 Frame it

4 03 2015

On Tuesday the steel was delivered and it started to go up so the long thin roof has something to hold it in place!

By Wednesday it looked like most of the steel was up and a big truck with a crane was offloading timber.

Friday the electricity meter is being installed and connected so electricity will be back on site and that will be all utilities connected (water never got switched off, and the gas connection is not returning.)

Looking tall!

Looking tall!

Steel work for all the house going up.

Steel work for all the house going up.

The truck with a little crane.

The truck with a little crane.

H-frame steel pieces in, and electricity meter installed.

H-frame steel pieces in, and electricity meter installed.





Week 7 The slab and a wall

3 03 2015
the retaining wall

the retaining wall

The cut slab, showing the exposed aggregate

The cut slab, showing the exposed aggregate





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