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Type of Structure: Loadbearing
interior size: 110 sq meter
Number of stories: 2
Built primarily by: Owner Built
Building Code Jurisdiction: East Ridiing
County: East Yorkshire
Open to organized Home Tours and to visitors by appointment.
Construction Methods Used
Foundations and Floor: Concrete pads, brick piers, timber suspended floor insulated with recycled newspaper
Wood siding over plastered bales
Earth or clay plaster
Plaster was applied:
Directly to the bales
Plaster application method:
By hand, no tools
By hand, with trowels
1st coat by hand, no tools. 2nd and 3rd coats by hand, mainly with trowels
Were the bales pinned?:
internal pinning, wood/bamboo
weight of roof
Bale dimensions: 350 mm X 500 mm X 1000 mm
Number of bales used: 300
Straw type(s) used:
Strings up (flat)
Unique features: Finished floor level 1m above ground due to low lying land. Steep roof pitch as original design was for thatched roof. Locally made clay tiles used instead. Sheep's wool insulation in breathing roof. All windows and doors double glazed. 8kw log stove provides hot water and heating. Hemp and lime internal wall experiment worked well.
Problems encountered: First bale walls soaked after tarpaulins failed. Big project for 1 builder and 1 labourer.
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