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Another article – and wood usage update

Those who follow these things will by now have seen an article on this house in the June issue of Self Build & Design magazine.  This was an interesting experience, in that the journalist, Debbie Jeffery wrote the article based … Continue reading

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More Publicity!

Fame (though not fortune!)  seems to have struck – again.  No sooner had the 6 minutes of BBC fame begun to die down than our local MP, Sir Alan Haselhurst, came to see the house. Together with Dunmow Broadcast reporter … Continue reading

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It’s catching (on): as heard on BBC

Some recent excitement: at very short notice I was contacted by a producer – John Neal – of You and Yours from the BBC.  He’d heard from Touchwood Homes that they had a client who made money from his fuel … Continue reading

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Wood usage

The wood store is relatively impressive – or so people have been kind enough to say. Essentially it’s the space between the two sheds with a corrugated plastic roof over it  and a slatted back so that the air can … Continue reading

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Autumn (and Summer) 2013

July, you’ll remember, was very hot.  After a winter that went on and on, there was a very short spring and suddenly we were in summer.  The thermal store got up to 95°C and the solar thermal panels were about … Continue reading

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Winter and Spring 2013

More grovelling apologies.  I’ve been sitting on this for months without publishing it and now (round about Christmas 2013) have finally got round to doing something about it. Well, quite a winter (meaning early 2013)!  This was a severe test … Continue reading

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Week Thirty one to end October ’12

There were apologies here because I hadn’t kept this up to date.  So some progress now (end May 2013) at long last! Last autumn and winter we really got very busy indeed and keeping this up to date was a task … Continue reading

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Weeks Twenty-nine and Thirty

Week 30: it wasn’t supposed to take this long!  As mentioned in the previous post, with only one (albeit excellent) plasterer, this phase of the work has taken much longer than originally expected – with the odd day off, extra … Continue reading

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Weeks Twenty-four to Twenty-eight

Got seriously behind with this – sorry.  So four weeks in one.  The plastering – and odd bits of plasterboarding/tacking – press steadily on.  This is taking very much longer than originally expected, largely because there’s only one person doing … Continue reading

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Weeks Twenty-two and Twenty-three

The insulation lorry arrived.  The contains two generators to drive the machine, built into the truck, which fluffs up the Warmcel 500 and then blows it along large bore flexible pipes into the house.  A disc of plasterboard is cut … Continue reading

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