So having realised that the fragmented nature of work on the build means that roofing isn't going to happen in one go, and accepting the likely onset of bad weather before long, I decided to put a temporary roof of d.p.m. (damp proof membrane) and roofing lath over the structure. This can be rolled up to work on the roof, but means that the inside space is now relatively dry and timber can be kept in better conditions without spending a long time each day uncovering/ recovering materials. Although the d.p.m. is much tougher than the polyethene used to cover the walls, it will still be vulnerable in high winds so I'm looking to get the roof on asap. External wall insulation work continues, as well as prepping for the installation of windows and doors.
Mike Hawkins is a co-op member and is responsible for the design and management of the build. He'll also live in it when its finished - hooray! He teaches future architects at Leicester DeMontfort and Birmingham City universities.