Sunday, 3 July 2011

End of week twenty-one (nine weeks to go?)

There have been a lot of changes to the site this week:


Externally the roof hasn't changed much but the footings for the porch have been built and inside the door frames are in place and the wiring is now set into the walls.

Towards the end of the week this van appeared with the insulation for the roof. The two tubes ran from the van to the house and for almost the entire day it pumped the insulation into the roof. If you ever wondered what happens to newspapers and unwanted paperback books that end up in recycling here's your answer. 

The insulation looks like the mashed up paper filling that you sometimes find in padded envelopes and the manufacturers are based in Wales. 

It's nice to think of unloved books being turned into something worthwhile - you won't be able to do that with your e-book readers, will you?

In the garden yet another hole has been dug and that's for the rainwater harvester. This will collect water from the roof and reuse it to flush the loos. As it has hardly rained here since the build started five months ago I have checked what will happen when the harvester runs dry and I'm pleased to see that we will automatically switch over to mains water when that happens.

A close-up of the harvester shows how it gets connected up (it's very technical!). The pipes will go in soon and there's a photo in the entry for the  first week to show where the recycled water will enter the house.

If you want to read more about how the harvesting system works you can look at the manufacturer's website. In the meantime here's a photo of the unit before it was buried, it's just under 2m tall so that's another deep hole under the garden.

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