Roof Materials Are Here and Ready For Mounting.
We’re using logs and reeds for the roof. They’ll later be covered with earthen rendering.
They were delivered several weeks ago. But the reeds needed time to dry out.
They’re perfect now all dry and golden.
Great logs from renewable resources. The trees are cultivated specifically for domestic use not for export and are replanted.
The reed roofing is all set to go
Here are the buildings we’ve started so far;
What a lovely golden colour!
These reeds are a lovely and golden now but when they first came they were quite green until they completely dried.
We’ve chosen reed roofs not only because they are sustainable but are also weather resistant.
The pockets of air in the straw make them excellent insulators against hot and cold weather. Whilst being light and airy.
We’d love to leave them like this but it’s not really a good idea. Even though we hardly get any rainfall. When it does come, it does so in biblical proportions!
So much so that all the accumulated sand and grit from the roof is washed down through the reeds into the buildings. Which as you can guess makes a right mess!
But we’ll probably keep our therapeutic bathrooms with reed roofs only. That will give a nice outdoor feeling!
Will cover the reeds on all the service buildings – except of course the bathrooms!
In fact, it’s an earthen mix that’s been used for thousands of years in Egypt dating back to the time of the Pharaohs.
So as well as being cheap, they will naturally, be less toxic; very sustainable and durable, requiring minimum maintenance.
Although these roofs are very cheap to make, they are quite labour intensive.
So much so, it explains the reason why we have an expansive team of local builders. Making this project truly sustainable.
The Need to Stabilize
Most of the roofs on the service buildings will have the traditional mix of earthen rendering.
However, the large restaurant roof will have to have a small percentage of cement added to stabilize it for safety and to comply with building codes.
The buildings still look a little stark but we’re pleased with the progress.
The builders are now working in temperatures up to 38 degrees Celsius some days!
Starting at 5.00 am to capitalize on the coolest part of the day. They really are a great team!
We are so grateful for all the help and support we’re receiving. Our thanks go out to everyone 🙂
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