Live from Pstrongowa; the Doors

‘Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel’ Gosia said to me as we made our way steadily to Pstrongowa with our new doors on the roof of the van, we have a roof rack; but the door frame was a little bit wider than that, so it literally was on the roof of the van! Nice and easy does it, we eventually made it safe and sound without damage to the doors or the frame or the van. We had looked at many options for our doors, but it has to be said that Polish fashion does not suite our tastes, and even if it did the cost was pretty astronomical for a hardwood door, so in the end we found a carpenter that was happy to make something up to our (Gosias) design. A few tweaks need to be made, but on the whole we are very happy with the end result.

This all happened two weeks ago, the same day the hunt for water started; which eventually ended yesterday (hurray! :)); a long way down delivering about 3,000 litres per hour if required.

Our carpenter arrived the next day and fitted the doors without too much drama, I helped out with a bit of the lifting; but other than that he was finished by midday. Again the use of expanding foam is much loved in Poland, but not quite as much as the window fitters! I have since laid a few bricks to close the gap to the future floor level and as of today, with the use of more expanding foam, we have a house free from gale force winds 🙂 As ever I never take enough photos, or not ones that do justice to the reality that I would like to portray, nonetheless I have added a few below.


Author: Eddy Winko

Left the rat race to live a less hectic and harmful life. From the building of a straw bale house to the composting toilet diaries; read my blog

8 thoughts on “Live from Pstrongowa; the Doors”

    1. Hi SB, the plumbing is yet to go in, underfloor heating downstairs, radiatirs upstairs, all on internal walls; just to be on the safe side. Water and straw dont mix too well 🙂

  1. Thank you Janneke, I’m glad you found my blog as well and I’m enjoying going through yours; even if I don’t always understand your cartoons the ones I do have raised a few smiles 🙂

  2. Beautiful! The house looks wonderful (and the straw insulation is so cool (well warm) and fabulous). I’m glad I found your blog, it’s interesting to see how your house is progressing! Thanks for sharing!

  3. That’s a nice door…wide enough to easily get furniture through without scraping the sides. I checked mapquest to see your route. If you took Hwy 986, it looks like beautiful rural countryside with the occasional hill and a few curves to worry about the door slipping off. Looks like a great place to live.
    Well, I’ve got a compost bin to cover. We’re into the high wind and heavy rainfall season and my 4 year old tarp (a ‘temporary fix’) is ready to be replaced with fiberglass…get to work, Pat, before the next storm rolls in tonight!

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