Saturday, August 22, 2009

Preparing For Mud

We've had a lot of wind and rain lately, but the blue sheets around the house have held it together quite well!!Click on any image to enlarge. クリックすると拡大できます (above and below) Fukazawa-san and Takigami-san have been very busy preparing the walls for the earth (mud) plaster. Stefan is used to using a chainsaw to trim the walls, but Fukazawa-san found that using a metal grinder was much more efficient and easier to handle. As you can see by the walls, they look great!!

(above and below) Shibuya-san from Cafe Good Life has said we can borrow his cement mixer for the earth plaster workshops. There is another one up the road that can probably be used, as well. We need to look into that one since Stefan has stated many times that he wants at least 2 mixers on site for the earth plaster workshops.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have you researched building strawbale homes in wet climates?

http://www.ecodesign.co.nz/strawbale.shtml

b.m.t. said...

Hello Anonymous. Thanks for the link. A little late now to do research on whether we should build or not, but to answer your question, we have researched the topic. Typically, Hokkaido isn't really considered a "wet climate", but this year is surely not following that rule. However, if you read the article and you come to our workshop, you'll understand that we are putting up the "good hat", "good boots" and "good raincoat". I didn't see the latter actually referenced in the article, but a weatherproofing "coat" on the outside was discussed and is something we are doing after the first 3 coats of earth plaster are applied on the outside. There are only a few SB homes in Hokkaido now and we will be monitoring, thanks to Kyle's sensors (see previous post), on the moisture levels of the bales. We'll see how it goes. In the meantime, we are going to get the structure finished and live in a beautiful house that has amazing insulation for both summer and winter. Feel free to come visit anytime.