We are finally over all of the setting up challenges and have started to build the Inglewood straw bale house. As part of the design changes due to the meter box location we had already put in place the hurdles to establish the outer bounds of the house. Consequently we are ready to simply mark out the stump hole positions based on those hurdles and start building. We got to site only to realize that one of the locals decided that it would be fun to kick off one of the cross bars of one of the hurdles. This was no big deal as they had only removed one crossbar. As it happened it was the easiest to replace taking about 10 minutes to fix.
Given the interference with one crossbar we checked the other hurdles which were all OK. It only took a couple of hours to mark out the stump hole positions so we took the rest of the day off.
When you are ordering a digger, carefully check the engineer’s specification to establish depth and diameter. In addition, if you have silt stone or weathered rock you may be required to bore into it. If this is the case you need to book a digger capable of doing the job. A standard auger is fine for soil but not rock.
This sounds costly, but it is really no big deal in most instances if you get the right machine. On an average house you could expect the post hole digging to cost around $1,500 instead of $300 – $400. If this is the case we would design your house with bigger bigger spans for the bearers and floor joists to reduce the number of holes, there-by reducing the overall cost.
The Inglewood straw bale house has now officially begun. Before I close off I should mention that we arranged construction insurance prior to starting the work. In addition to standard insurance we took out extra cover for volunteers as we will most likely have family and friends help at some point.