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    After quite a long time, the house that I have built, with a considerable amount of assistance from all the kind posters on this site, is on TV this evening. I'm sure I'm going to look like an idiot, but in case you want to get a better view of what I've been up to, tune in to Channel 4 this evening at 9.

    It goes without saying that I am immensely grateful for all the kind help I have been given over a considerable amount of time by all the people who are on this site. I couldn't have done it without you (really).
    • CommentAuthorjfb
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2019
     
    Excellent! I'll watch it when I get a chance.
    • CommentAuthorRick_M
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2019
     
    Great, I look forward to checking it out as well.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2019
     
    Well done, best one yet
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    Congratulations!
    Enjoyed that one. Do you still have the tractor?

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/grand-designs-street-family-build-14418269
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2019
     
    Ah, so that's you is it? :-) Looks like a lovely house. To my untrained eye I just loved the lime and internal plasterwork.

    The dalek on top of the house - assume that was a passive stack based HR unit?

    Any reason you couldn't have pumped the hempcrete into the cavities rather than slinging it back and forward?

    Where was the airtightness layer on this build - how did you tape the windows? I saw a bit of tape but it looked like it was only going over the internal framing.
    • CommentAuthorgyrogear
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2019 edited
     
    Posted By: ComeOnPilgrimthe house that I have built is on TV this evening


    Brilliant !

    Hope you are very happy in it, well done from France !

    Vive le chanvre, vive la vie !

    gg
  3.  
    Posted By: WillInAberdeenCongratulations!
    Enjoyed that one. Do you still have the tractor?

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/grand-designs-street-family-build-14418269" rel="nofollow" >https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/grand-designs-street-family-build-14418269


    Yes, still got the tractor. Doesn't get much use at the moment, but I'm quite fond of it (now I've replaced the starter motor) and I need it to mix the screed for our bike store.
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    Posted By: gravelldAh, so that's you is it? :-) Looks like a lovely house. To my untrained eye I just loved the lime and internal plasterwork.

    The dalek on top of the house - assume that was a passive stack based HR unit?

    Any reason you couldn't have pumped the hempcrete into the cavities rather than slinging it back and forward?

    Where was the airtightness layer on this build - how did you tape the windows? I saw a bit of tape but it looked like it was only going over the internal framing.


    Yes, the dalek sucks the fresh air into the heat exchange. It's a Ventive system that they aren't advertising at the moment. I love it, it's one of the best parts of the build. Really effective and no moving parts.

    They pump hempcrete in France, but nobody in the UK does it as far as I can tell.

    Airtightness layer is the plaster. Around the windows we stuffed hemp wool and then sealed with a flexible mastic.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2019
     
    Posted By: ComeOnPilgrimAirtightness layer is the plaster.

    I'm curious what airtightness result you got and whether there are any cracks in the clay plaster yet? Although I suppose you can cure hairline cracks with a damp sponge? The hempcrete itself must be fairly airtight, no?

    Oh, very well done, BTW. :)
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    Posted By: djh
    Posted By: ComeOnPilgrimAirtightness layer is the plaster.

    I'm curious what airtightness result you got and whether there are any cracks in the clay plaster yet? Although I suppose you can cure hairline cracks with a damp sponge? The hempcrete itself must be fairly airtight, no?

    Oh, very well done, BTW. :)


    No, the hempcrete isn't airtight at all. It's like a sponge. The clay and lime looks pretty good. The cracks are mainly in the clay fortunately! Mainly hairline cracks in the corner of windows. Should be pretty easy to seal again.

    Still haven't done an airtightness test, but I'll let you know the results.

    Thanks for the good wishes, and thanks also for the huge amount of support!
    • CommentAuthorHollyBush
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2019
     
    Very enjoyable and a little envious - well done - all the family came across very well. I wish our council was doing the same.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2019
     
    Posted By: HollyBushI wish our council was doing the same.

    Cherwell is indeed an example to uphold, but the situation is improving and your council should now be doing similar on a reduced scale since AIUI the requirement for councils to provide self-build plots acquires teeth towards the end of this year. See https://www.gov.uk/guidance/self-build-and-custom-housebuilding#land-duties

    The first register period ended Oct 2016 so the three years after it expire in Oct this year, so plots for everybody who registered in 2016 should be made available then. Though I don't think there's anything that requires the plots to be sold to those who actually registered. Just the total numbers must match.
    • CommentAuthorHollyBush
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2019
     
    @djh - many thanks for this, checked and our Council (Trafford) do have a registration process, need to dig a bit more as that's all I can find with 20 mins of searching. It is a start though.
    • CommentAuthorSilky
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2019
     
    finally got round to watching the show yesterday, I emphasised greatly with your build and what you have been through ( having also done some several month sessions of seperation and lone work ) Hope you are recovering well now :) And 1mm out over 8 metres.. that made me laugh, I think 2 mm would be acceptable :) Well done!
  6.  
    Thanks @Silky! Glad you enjoyed it. All okay now.

    And it wasn't 1mm out over 8m. More like 8mm out over 1m!
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