So, this weekend we embarked on the final external plaster of the straw bale bit of the house. We put a base coat on a year or so ago, made up of lime putty, sand and chopped straw, so it was water-tight. But we needed the final coat on so we could be done with the scaffolding and wrap up things outdoors before our building liscence (planning permission) expires in a couple of weeks..
|Paulo getting into those window edges..|
|A quarter in on the south wall.|
|Armanda - a fair hand at plastering herself!|
|Where the plaster meets the wood we|
stapled and nailed on these plastic meshes. We tried to use bamboo strips last time, but they were kinda bouncy.
This stuff seems to work well.. So far...
|Hession as shade to prevent the lime plaster going off too fast. It's supposed to carbonate, absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere. Not dry like cement, so you have to keep it shaded and moist, for about two weeks|
after it's been applied.
|Paulo doing his magic around the corners of windows|
|Getting there. With shade up and moistened down with regular water spraying was nice and cool in there..|
|This taken from the other side of the house - not for rendering. Just finished the pointing - again with lime mortar|
|Nikita's applying a bit of hydraulic lime to the exposed stone bit|
we also plastered, to help the final coat adhear better. And not have
all its water sucked in by the stone.. I guess we'll find out soon if it worked..
|Cheeta chilling for a mo|