As I said in the last post, we are using polystyrene blocks to build our new Black Isle Berries Bunkhouse. It was interesting watching the process as one person can essentially construct the walls very quickly – it resembled a child building a lego house in some ways! Of course, it was more complex than that….. The first blocks were laid and the plumber had to lay out the various pipes that are needed for water and waste as a solid concrete floor was to be the next stage.
The guys all look very calm in the photo but the concrete pouring almost had a farcical element to it – at least five of them had to hold pipe pouring the concrete as it was so heavy and a lot of shouting ensued as they tried to manoeuvre the pipe to give even coverage across the floor area.
The shouting was worth it because they had a beautifully level floor by the end of the day! And the following day the wall building began in earnest. Within a few hours the base of the walls were up and progress was pretty rapid from then on. Once the blocks rose to above head height Arthur, who was doing the building, had his own ingenious method of gaining some height of his own and still being able to move around – stilts!