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Things are Shaping Up

February 6, 2012

I love a corny post title, don’t you?

Mr. B and I spent a somewhat exhausting weekend finishing framing and starting to mesh the interior of the house.

Mr. B finished framing the great room walls, and we are now 100% finished with framing. Even though we only get about 4 hours of direct sunlight right now, you can see in the picture below how far it comes into the house. We have the thermostat set at 45, but by the time the sun “goes down” (behind the hill) around 2:30 the house is up to 55 or 60 degrees.

We gave the walls a second and third round of smoothing and straightening before starting to put up the mesh. This made such a huge difference in how the walls looked and also went a long way towards making me feel better about how the finished walls will look. I think the third round really did it, probably because Mr. B did it that time, and he is a total perfectionist. Seriously, if our house is square with relatively level walls it will be because of him.

The extra straightening and mesh really make the walls look like walls. I think that the shaping around the windows and doors adds a lot of impact and was the most exciting part to see/do. Before all of the edges around the windows and doors were just bale edges that weren’t square or smooth, but now they are uniform and really lovely. I can’t wait to see them with plaster!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Rita permalink
    February 6, 2012 8:30 am

    Wow, maybe I should have come to Missoula instead of the other way around. Well, see you very soon and your straw house too.

  2. jim bossert permalink
    February 6, 2012 10:01 am

    I am really impressed at how good the bales look around the windows. You guys are doing a great job. I get tired just looking at your pictures.

  3. Mom Jones permalink
    February 6, 2012 10:42 am

    This is going to be a beautiful house! You two are doing an excellent job. I am sure that you will see things progressing so much faster now that you are getting closer to the “living in” stage.

  4. Beth permalink
    February 6, 2012 11:09 am

    The shaping around the windows is really beautiful. It’s one of the things I like best about straw bale houses.

    • February 6, 2012 11:12 am

      Me too! I had a little freak out about how each window is slightly different – more curved, more or less flat on the bottom – but overall the effect is beautiful.

  5. John Brown permalink
    February 6, 2012 8:39 pm

    It is such fun seeing your progress. A major work of art that we get to watch taking shape almost in real time. And your account of the process is another dimension of the art. That low angle sun will be so appreciated this time next year. You will look at your heating bills and know this year’s were so temporary

  6. Steve Ball permalink
    February 17, 2012 4:23 pm

    great update; and progress on the house; Spring is on the way; look forward to more sunlite; and warmth.
    Seattle Steve;
    Let me know if you need any plumbing!

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