Week 3 began, once again, in glorious sunshine, something I’m still getting used to. The effects of manual work on a body used mostly to sitting reading and occasionally walking to the bus stop, are now being felt, but after a weekend spent mostly asleep or drunk, I was feeling ready to get back to the grind.
This week saw me learning some carpentry skills as I may have now proved myself capable of using a saw without dismembering myself or someone nearby, and after a few re-do’s, I may have gotten the hang of it. This week also saw large portions of the roof go up and by the Friday afternoon, scaffolding surrounding the building which is now beginning to resemble a house. Rooms have become distinct and a floor plan is obvious.
During this week I was also given an opportunity to visit a separate site in the nearby village of Goudhurst. This particular site, a house designed by Sir Terrence Farrell, is important for it’s use of a new concrete product called Cemfree. This eco-friendly concrete is made, as the name suggests, without the use of cement and so is significantly less environmentally damaging. After doing some research and finding out that the concrete industry is the third highest CO2 producer after energy and transport, it will be intriguing to see just how successful this new product can be in a competitive market.