Wednesday, 10 November 2010

The first day's progress...


Parl said...

Hi guys!

Lurve the blog, a wonderful level of detail about the progress of the build, very brave of you to do it so publically on the interweb like this!

I am wondering, how much have you done your actual selves and how much is hired labour? Difficult to tell from photos as most don't have any people in at all! Also, what are your own backgrounds? Did you have prior experience in the building trades?

Fascinating blog anyway, glad to have stumbled upon it. Whereabouts are you? Keep up the fantastic work, on the house and on the blog :D.

Rachel and Andrew said...

Hi Parl,

Thanks very much for your message!

The bits we have done ourselves are all the straw (including all associated timber work, like the ladders), the clay, roof membrane, we did the base for the limecrete slab and laboured for the limecrete specialist, we did all the blinding of the groundsource heatpump trenches, we have done all the setting out, the formwork for the lime mortar bed under the masonry, the chestnut stake landscaping (which we still need to finish!), cleared the site (including all the tree felling), the hemp and lime insulation, all the procurement and project management, all the drawings and cost management. The packages we have sub-contacted out are all the ground works, the main timber frame, the rooflights, the roof, fitting the windows, joinery, and shortly the timber cladding. We let all these packages on a labour only basis and have supplied all the materials.

We are based near Cambridge in the UK. We do have experience of the building trade, I am an architect and Andrew trained as an architect but now works for a supplier to the building industry. Although we have been much more heavily involved on site than either of us normally would be in our daily work, particularly all the procurement which has been quite involved! We have had a tremendous amount of help from very dedicated family and friends, without whom it would not have been possible! We have also been lucky enough to have some great people working on site, who have brought the wealth of their experience!

Glad you are finding the blog interesting! Rachel

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