As the days grow longer….

The pace of building has picked up through the second half of June. The roofing layers of rafters, ceiling boards, water-proofing, battens, and fascia boards have been added, while down below the first trial courses of mudbricks have been laid.

Up on the roof

 

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Electrical wiring was roughed-in, allowing Holly and Chris to move on to the next roofing phase. Fascia boards were installed around the house.

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After spending countless hours clambering up and down ladders and scaffolding, and balancing precariously on beams and rafters, the intrepid roofers finally put the last piece of hardwood timber into the frame. The installation of the fascias on the front gable was a cause for celebration – especially as the measurement revealed that the frame was only 2mm higher than had been planned. Not bad for a couple of musicians building with bush poles and green hardwood! But then, those who know Chris would not be surprised.

The battens have been nailed down, and all is now readiness for the shredded-paper roof insulation to be inserted and the corrugated iron roofing to go on. If the weather stays fine, this should be completed within the next week.

Down below

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Meanwhile, a single course of fired bricks has been placed in readiness for the mudbrick walls. Full-sized mudbricks (above) will be used for external walls, and half-sized bricks for the internal walls. The easiest way to make a half-sized brick is to apply a brick-cutter to a full-sized brick. Thanks to friend Joh for the use of this archaic but very effective piece of the machinery!

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Using mortar made from the same material as the mudbricks – with about 3% cement and additional sand – several trial courses have been laid.

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The next few days will see the arrival of various friends and locals to help with some serious brick-laying, roofing and painting. All being well, the next blog should reveal some significant changes!

In closing…

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The sight of these two perched on the roof has greeted our arrival the house site almost every day for the last few weeks. As soon as the sun hits the block each morning and melts the frost, they’re back up there – usually staying until it’s cold and dark, and the wine and cheese calls them home again.

 

 

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