Our Old Flagstones get a New Home

…. from a pile of slabs……. to a classy stone floor ….here’s how… We laid these flagstones in an “Opus Romain” pattern — laying the flags in regular rows,  but varying the row-width across adjacent rows. You need to decide beforehand on which widths you are going to use. Commercially available flooring in this pattern…

My Hemp Porridge — another great material for the DIY builder.

I happen to have a Scottish surname — and I do like porridge – but even I would baulk at a bowl of this for breakfast ! What is it?  —  It’s a mix of industrial grade vegetal HEMP fibre, (Cannabis sativa) — (Not to be confused with Indian Hemp — Cannabis Indica), LIME and WATER. We’ve used this…

The Courtyard Wall—Stage 2—2009

In the 2 year interval since starting the wall—see post Stage 1—a lot of work had been completed on the ruined end of the property, as you can see in the photo above. It is no longer a ruin, but we were yet to move into it! I’d continued to add to the wall off…

The House as was—circa 2005

Here is a photomontage of the house as seen from the south, looking north. I pieced together the image quite a while ago without the use of any image-merging software, but it still gives a good enough impression of the style and state of the building.