The Framing For Our Strawbale House
Starting the framing for our strawbale house was such a milestone. It had taken such a long time to get to this point. We'd patiently worked our way through planning, council consents, engineers and architects requirements, building the foundations, installing drainage etc.
Just getting ourselves out of the clay and onto a flat building pad felt like a huge accomplishment.
The building team for the framing was me (Tom), Brenton and Sean. The three of us worked on the framing over the next few months. It was right at the beginning of summer so timing was perfect!
We got off to a cracking start. We had all of the bucks built and all the bottom plates down by the end of the first day. And on the second day we had started on the box beam. If you're unsure of what those things are then read about the buck and beam strawbale building method.
It was so exciting seeing the layout of the building take shape. We could finally feel the size of those rooms that had just been little boxes on paper until now. This here looks into two of the upstairs bedrooms and the bathroom.
We also finally got to see what the view would be like from our upstairs rumpus room. Pretty sweet huh!?
Just before winter started we called in the roofing guys and they did a beautiful job of the corrugated iron roof. Another milestone.
Our strawbale house was almost water tight! We only needed to install the windows and cladding upstairs. It wasn't necesary to protect the downstairs walls because the house had a 2m verandah that wrapped all the way around the perimeter.
See how the verandah has alternating colours of dark and clear? This was a design feature which allows extra light to enter the downstairs rooms. A clear roofing area is positioned over every set of downstairs windows.
Ahhh another milestone. With roof on and windows and cladding installed upstairs we were confident the house would stay nice and dry over the coming winter. We could relax (for a moment) before focusing on some other projects for a while.