Chris Howard

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Hi, we need to separate 2 houses (currently 1 house and garage) and are in the process of deciding how to go about it. Obviously we want as good a sound proofing as possible. I have an absolute monster task on my hands with the renovation job so would like to do some natural building but cut corners where I can as I am 41 and would like to finish it in my lifetime.

I have built quite a few walls in the house with pallets stuffed with slip straw which to be honest if I had realised the amount of work not only that they took to construct then the nightmare of rendering, which is yet to be done as I have way to many other jobs to worry about. If I had my way which I don’t as they aren’t in my house I would just cover them with plasterboard. I know it would be a shame to do it but it would be a hell of a lot quicker and it would be another job ticked of the list.

So to my question, if I was to separate the house and garage with straw bales would it make much of a difference to the sound proofing quality if I was to then cover them with plasterboard instead of a clay render. I’m doing the work pretty much all on my own so as it may not always be the most ecological solution sometimes the quickest solution needs to come into play.

Cheers
11 months ago
Hi folks I talked on here a while ago that I was going to build some interior walls using pallets stuffed with slip straw. Task completed and walls dried, now I need to render them but not really sure of the best method for this.

Really hoping some of you have went done this road before and can give me some advice gained from your experience. Ideally I would like to know the quickest and the most economical way to go about it.

Any advice would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks

Chris
1 year ago
I love the idea of a green roof, we have a barn that needs fixed up and would love to do this instead of simply replacing tiles. Not sure wether or not planning permission is required. We are in the south of France and I have read that no planning permission is needed. Fingers crossed that’s true. Could anyone tell me what the cost of a green roof is, is it expensive.

Cheers
1 year ago
Hello folks I was wondering what books or websites preferably you would recommend regarding natural plasters and earthen floors. I am currently building pallet walls which we are going to start filling with light straw clay then finish with a natural plaster. Also where on earth would I find decent information on Cobb showers as I only ever see pictures of them and they look amazing but can never find a how to or basically any info on them.

Many thanks

Chris
1 year ago
I like that idea, especially as quite a few of the pallets we have are a bit higgledy piggeldy and will take a bit of work to make the walls straight. Others are great and walls could be made no problem. The problem with pallets I find is that they can be a bit of a git to take apart. Cheers for the advice, much appreciated.
1 year ago
Thanks Daniel, our plans on how to go about things on this project seem to change every 2 minutes. The new one is to make walls from pallets and fill the inside with light clay straw. The huge benefit to this is free walls, you couldn’t beat that with a big stick. The price we were quoted for 2x4s from the local saw mill was ridiculous 11 euro for 1 at 2.5 metres. We found a good supply of pallets yesterday at a local builders merchants. Will let youse know how I get on. Thanks again guys for the comments you are all fantastic with the advice.
1 year ago
Cheers for the reply’s folks, actually just seeing this. Been busy with life and finishing uncovering the stones. Finally done it (what a nightmare that was).

We are now looking at light straw clay as an option, I was wondering if instead of making frame with wood if it’s okay to do it with metal stud framing as there was some on the site when we bought it. There would be enough for a few walls.

Cheers
1 year ago
Hi folks,

So I have almost finished uncovering the stone walls in two large rooms’ which has been incredibly hard work. Seriously I’m in pain pretty much everything hurts at this point. Hopefully a few more days will see it finished.

So once that is finished my next job is to create walls separating rooms. My plan is to do as per photo attached’ to make a frame back it up with plywood’ fill frame with cob, remove ply then naturally plaster it. This to me seems to be the quickest way to go about it. I was wondering if anyone has done this practice before. Also does anyone have a better quicker method.

Also another question is, as the cob in the frame will be covered in a natural plaster and it doesn’t really matter how much the cob in the frame cracks is it possible to just make a mix of cob that is just clay and straw. My reasoning for that is the fact that our land is basically clay so we have an abundance of the stuff.
1 year ago