24th September 2018

Case Study: Oak frame self builder keeps it natural

When self-builder Joe Shimbart set out to build his dream home he knew that he wanted to live in a house made of natural materials.

 

He chose an oak frame with external walls constructed of environmentally friendly hempcrete. This lightweight, breathable, insulating material is made from a mixture of lime and the shredded core of industrial hemp.

 

This inspiring oak frame, self-build shows eco friendly Hempcrete before being finished with breathable Earthborn Claypaint

Joe Shimbart’s oak frame property was constucted from breathable hempcrete. The internal walls were the lime plastered.

 

Speaking of his three-bedroom home in Hampshire, Joe said: “I didn’t want to wrap the oak frame in man-made materials, so I chose breathable hempcrete for the walls and finished them internally with lime plaster and Claypaint.

 

Earthborn Claypaint provides a fully breathable paint finish for lime plaster and Hempcrete

The internal walls of Joe Simbart’s oak frame house were lime plastered before being painted with breathable Claypaint.

 

“I always do a lot of research before making any specification choice. Claypaint stood out because of its outstanding breathability and beautiful matt finish. It looks great on lime plaster, creating a warm, homely effect.”

 

Earthborn Claypaint in Marbles creates a breathable, warm neutral finish in this oak frame property

Joe chose to use Earthborn Claypaint in Marbles for his oak frame property.

 

Claypaint is a unique, clay based emulsion. Its advanced technology maximizes the natural properties of clay to create a high performance, highly breathable paint that covers exceptionally well and gives a distinctive, ultra matt finish.

 

Being free of oils and acrylics, Claypaint is virtually VOC free and does not give off any toxic emissions. That means it is safer for the health of building occupants as well as the environment. Its eco credentials include the stringent EU Ecolabel.

 

Self builder Joe Shimbart constructed his property from green oak beams and featured lots of glazing for a bright, airy home. Earthborn’s breathable Claypaint in Marbles was used to maximise light.

 

Joe added: “The lack of emissions meant I never felt nauseous when using Claypaint, unlike with acrylic paints in the past. In practical terms, it was easy to use. We only needed two coats to achieve full coverage and, because it is water based, brushes were easy to wash out.”

 

Joe has blogged about his self-build for Home Building & Renovating magazine www.homebuilding.co.uk/author/joetheshimbart/

 

Joe Shimbart’s oak frame property is constructed from breathable, natural materials.

 

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