We have an upstairs. Ok, so far its only the joists, but it still counts in my book.
The larch joists were made out of a tree from Boarden Door Bottom on Black Down, they were sawn a while ago, but this week took their place in the building. There will be two bedrooms on top of these joists, stretching out from them will be roundwood poles on which our gallery will sit. They will change to roundwood at the tiebeam where the sawn ones can be seen ending. This is because they will be visible from underneath at that point.
From the gallery you will be able to look out over the rest of the building, which will be open from floor to ceiling. Its a bit early to see any of that yet, but just to give you an idea I went upstairs and took a picture to show where this view will appear.
The crucks will fly up through the void, I’m not sure the scale of them comes across in pictures, they are fantastically chunky and textural pieces of wood, ones which I am sure all of the people who were involved in cutting, transporting, jointing and setting them into the frame will feel a close relationship with, I really like that they are going to be so prominently on display.
Windows have also started to appear in the building as well, Dylan has been fitting them over the past few days.
They were one of the few pieces of woodwork we didn’t feel we could make ourselves, although they are FSC certified. They are triple glazed to keep the space well insulated, this one will have a big wooden window seat on top of the bales for sitting on and looking out over the verandah. The colour has been a bit controversial on site, nobody is too chuffed with it, suffice to say they will look even better when they are painted!
The bale walls are extending upwards as well, for the past week or so the interior had a stack of bales in it, now they are moving into place the interior space is starting to reveal itself.
Tomorrow we are off on a mission to an ex holiday cottage to scrounge some furnture for the interior, am hoping for happy hunting.
I have been meaning for a while now to apolgise for my spelling in some of these posts, my excuse is that wordpress just doesn’t have a spell checker built in, poor excuse I know, but it will just have to do, hope it doesn’t detract too much from what we are tryng to achieve. My flagrant disregard of the rules of grammar has also been pointed out once or twice, all I can say is that whilst I realise my use of the apostrophe does have a scattergun approach I am just hoping that I hit the mark every now and again.