25th – 29th April 2018
West Pinchbeck, Spalding, Lincolnshire
This is a straw bale extension to the main house which is solid brick, built around 1880. The straw bale extension will effectively be a two-bedroom house in its own right with bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor and a lounge being upstairs in an attic roof with dormer windows facing south. The size is roughly 8m x 7m. The foundations are trenches filled with pea gravel and a single row of rammed car tyres on top, this is due to the soil being of silt type and not ground bearing enough to just use car tyre pillars.
Whilst participating on the course you will understand; Why we use lime plaster, how to make the mixture, how to apply it to strawbale walls and you’ll learn just how beautiful it is! Lime plastering is great fun. It’s also a very effective covering for strawbale walls, providing a beautiful, warm, cosy environment. Lime plaster helps to control moisture in a building and enables walls to breathe. It is also beneficial to the health of those living there and has great acoustic benefits.
Included in the price is a vegetarian lunch and refreshments each day. Basic camping space on site for a small number of people may be available by arrangement and there are lots of other local options.
Barbara Jones will be teaching on this course. She is the most experienced strawbale builder in the UK. With a world-wide reputation, she works as a trainer, builder, designer, consultant and writer in the field of natural building. Barbara loves to teach and ensures course participants have a wonderful learning experience. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
£325 inc. refreshments and vegetarian lunch
We will work from 8:45 – 17:00 each day
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