Archive for April, 2015

Oils and wax

Posted on: April 13th, 2015 by Barley Store

Timber Care came and experimented with a number of stains. We finally settled on using the darkest stain for our kitchen bench tops and floors, which is made from vinegar and steel wool stain.
For the eco-plywood cabinets, Timber Care used a white diluted concentrate as an undercoat to ensure the oil wax did not yellow the colour of the wood.
After the stains, hard wax oil is applied to make the wood waterproof. This is particularly important for the bathroom, which has wooden benches. Unlike varnishes, the hard wax oil does not need to be sanded to be renewed.


Geothermal Installation

Posted on: April 8th, 2015 by Barley Store

The Geothermal Heat pump system is being set up by Direct Energy. The heat pump and compressor are being instated and connected to the geothermal pipes. Ventilation ducts are being weaved through the walls to all four levels.
The Geothermal Heat Pump System will cover the heating, cooling, hot-water and ventilation of the 5×4 building.


Hot Tub

Posted on: April 4th, 2015 by Barley Store

Water has been added to the hot tub, completing the final step of the installation.
The tub, crafted by Ukko, is designed to leak for the first few days until the wood expands and fills in any gaps.
With water in the tub, the smell of the wood is filling the top level of the build. The tub has a corona discharge ozonator and an ioniser which means the water will have minimal chemicals.