Take Precious Time

One of the things that has been forced on me due to the onset of Winter is the fact I have to wait for the worst weather to pass before cracking on with building development. Being the type of person who acts now and thinks later on DIY projects, this has been frustrating, however, given the time I now have to reflect on what I am planning, I begrudgingly accept that it is of great benefit to me to go through this wait.

I have not been idle since returning from my hike. The last week has been taken up by learning 3D modelling software, and reading of many blogs detailing ecological developments in the UK (See the project for links). I now have a good idea of what the building will look like, and how it will fit into the landscape (see photos below)

I also found a very informative PDF today which does a reflective study (part of a dissertation) on the buildings built in some of the blogs I’m reading. Its great, because a lot of the websites seem unfinished, and I’m left thinking “but what are the buildings like now?” Which is answered by the document. One of the closing conclusions is this: plan. Most of the builders agreed they would like more time to plan their buildings should they tackle them again. So I must admit, the timing of Winter’s arrival is a blessing in disguise. I’ve been thinking ahead about foundations, walls, roof fittings and starting to add up the costs of materials alongside a ¬†checklist of items needed for the build. When things begin to kick off, I’ll share it on this blog.

On the subject of planning ahead, this weekend, I’m getting two quotes from builders for the roofing and framework of my building – should the price be too high, I’ll look at load bearing straw bale, and consider DIY methods. Otherwise, I’ll be able to think more about infill methods, and have the relief of knowing shelter during construction won’t be such an issue. Time will tell, and I’ll post up here with progress!

I also just got back from a visit to the planning office – planning permission isn’t needed for what I’m doing because of the size of my garden, but its always worth double checking, and the nice people at the office are even going to provide me with a letter saying I don’t need permission. Always good to have some paper backing up what you are doing if you can, just in case.

Other than that, its time to look at building retaining walls. The tiering of the garden is also on my mind, and I’ve recently been in touch with some people over making use of the sub soil which is being dug out to create a retaining wall using a super adobe method. Its a well known method which is used to create buildings well over 2m high, so creating a 1m retaining wall should be well within its limits. The cost of such a wall? About ¬£20 for 1m high and 10m long. Bliss. More on super adobe here.

Y’know what, the title and nature of this post also prompts me to post a song by the Maccabees. Lovely. (sorry about the adverts, but thats the link.)
Maccabees – Precious Time