This practical guide is written especially for the owner-builder and provides step-by-step instructions supported by diagrams and photographs. It covers the construction process from site preparation through to foundations, concrete slabs, strip footings and stumps. Special techniques for straw bale construction and the integration of these techniques with those of conventional house building are also covered, including floors, timber wall-frames, ceilings and roof framing. Advice is offered on plumbing and electrical work in a straw bale house. Written with first-hand knowledge of the challenges that face the owner-builder, the author explores local council issues and requirements, the potential pitfalls of building and what to look for when ordering second-hand material, aided by a useful glossary of terms. The book concludes by covering the various safety issues that arise during construction, including fire prevention, equipment usage and the working environment.
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Table of Contents
Introduction; 1) Councils and straw bale houses; 2) Site preparation and marking for foundations; 3) Floors and foundations; 4) Straw bale walls; 5) Window and door openings; 6) Timber framed walls; 7) Ceiling frame construction; 8) Roof frame; 9) Roof battens, roof insulation and roof cladding; 10) Installation of windows and sliding doors; 11) Render for straw bale walls; 12) Electrical installations; 13) Plumbing installations; 14) Installation of internal doors; 15) Purchasing of building materials; 16) Mice; 17) How to build your own staircase; 18) Conclusion.