The house has stood the winter months in its waterproof membrane. We have been waiting for the good weather to make a start on the external cladding- look at these glorious skies. The weather is not so good as I am typing this and we have had to call a halt on the cladding for a couple of days till the weather improves – hopefully tomorrow – according to the Met Office App.
The Cedar was ordered with Capricorn Eco Timber – a British firm using British cedar, milled and processed by them – http://www.capricornecotimber.co.uk
We had decided to use the Japanese method of shousugiban, but as we were using tongue and groove cladding we had to be careful with the finer profile of the wood. Buying ready made burnt cedar would have been extremely expensive so we decided to DIY it.
Tony lightly burnt the cedar boards and finished off with a tinted hard wax oil as we didn’t want the burnt wood to be washed away in the Welsh rain. We tried lots of samples last year and found this Fiddes hard wax oil with the onyx tint.The finish is nice and black, matt and shows off the grain of the wood nicely.
I have just spent a week in Delhi – they call it the rainy season – its a bit like Wales but far more hot and humid. The drainage is not so good over there so the water build up in the streets is much more dramatic and we don’t have mud hut homes that can be washed away in the torrential rains – so we do have a lot to be grateful for….