They have had a really rotten week, last week, with the second half being really cold and wet—quite miserable. This photo, taken in the middle of this week shows how well they’ve got on and the weather’s better at the moment.
It’s bad for one’s ego—every piece of wood has literally got my name on it: TWH Learmonth – and code numbers. The TWH is for Touchwood Homes, the main builder and the originator of this particular building technique.
The I-beams are assembled from finger-jointed studs, about 2” by 2” (OK, 50 by 50mm) joined with a web that looks like hardboard or OSB (Oriented Strand board), but isn’t. It’s made, I’m told, from wood fibres compressed under such force that the cellulose and lignin in the wood fibres glue themselves together. This means that there is no glue and therefore no out-gassing of the glue materials such as formaldehyde. If you expand the picture you may be able to see that the dimensions given are 45 x 360mm for these rafters.
The gable ends go up on Thursday—the house looks enormous.