More excitement at the Green Hut. The house was ‘gibbed’ in the weekend and now we can see the size of all the rooms. It never ceases to amaze me the transformation from framing everything looks big, to lined everything looks small and dark and then when painted the size changes again and it looks so much lighter again. I originally wanted to use plywood for the internal linings in the house but for cost reasons we changed it to plasterboard. It turns out looking at the Red List plasterboard is chemical free and we could bury the offcuts in garden if we wished. Plywood on the other hand is three times the price of plasterboard, more expensive to put up – four time the price and it also includes added Formaldehyde. What I don’t understand if they can produce plywood without formaldehyde why they just don’t change their process to take it out altogether. It seems in New Zealand we have a culture of “it’s always been that way so what is the problem”. Perhaps these chemicals in our building materials contribute to why we have one of the highest rates of child asthma in the world? I know it’s cheaper to continue doing things the way we always have but what value do we place on our health?
The cladding is also coming along. I have sourced a natural oil to put on the cladding Natural House Eco . Duncan has been great to deal with – not only can he tell me all about his products and how to apply them to my lovely timber but I also love the fact on their information sheet all the ingredients in their products are listed.