November update: green roof & flooring

We now have a goal of finishing by 20th December. All the walls and ceilings are completed. Main jobs still to do are flooring, painting, putting in shower, tiling, putting in the bathroom, putting in the kitchen, final electric and water fixes, putting in the stairs, and then finishings (window frame, wall edges etc).

This month a few milestones. Put in the final window to seal the house, finished all the dry walling and ceiling, started the flooring.

Points of interest from attached photo gallery:

  • Managed to find a use for some reclaimed insulation I got from a building site – putting it in the walls where the bath will go.
  • Started the green (living) roof but because it is getting too cold will wait for spring before adding the final layer – the soil and plants (grass and sedums). The layers finished so far are: Layer 1. waterproof layer (pond liner) Layer 2. old carpet to retain moisture Layer 3. pumice stones to aid drainage Layer 4. Root barrier
  • Wood flooring is not FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified wood but is produced from an alternative managed system for supplying sustainable wood. The wood comes from forests that are replanted in a 30 year cycle. Information about the system is here at Jetro Woodone


About ifd66

From UK and living in Japan. I am very interested in sustainable development and in general ecology and conservation issues and solutions. Finished building a low impact family house in Shiga, Japan in 2013 and am now focused on using permaculture to develop our plot of land into a more sustainable, productive, and attractive space. My hope is that this blog is useful to those interested in similar issues and way of life.
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