The straw bale walls were being finished off towards the end of last week.
The feel of the building has changed dramatically with the appearance of its walls, the internal spaces are becoming clear, and you start to get a idea of what it will be like to live in.
Once the bales get to the top of the walls the last row of bale spikes has to be driven in. The membrane and sheeps wool insulation was folded back so that the spikes could be driven in from above.
The spikes hold the wall together, but it will not feel completely solid until it has its protective coating of lime plaster.
The two sides of a straw bale have very different textures, this is because of the action of the baler, on one side (the outside of our building) the straw is folded and on the other (the inside of the building) the straw is chopped. Our lime plaster will adhere much better to the chopped side. This is why the outside of the building has a layer of wire mesh against the bales, it will help the plaster stick properly. The photo below was taken prior to the mesh being attached and cut around the window frame.
On the inside the bales have been shaped around the windows and doors, this allows more light in as well as creating a sculptured feel to the openings. The windows will all have big wooden interior window seats so you will be able to sit and look out at the view.
To start with the bales around the openings all looked distinctly hairy.
But after they were trimmed up and the curved reveals were cut out they started to give more of an idea of what they will eventually look like.
As you can see from the wire to the side of the door the first fix electrics has been going in as well.