Things are moving very rapidly.
Outside the patio has been laid using Indian limestone.
Inside two hundred sheets have been fixed to the walls and ceilings. The decorator applied the first coat of paint as soon as the plaster was dry in the kitchen/living area transforming it from a building site to a beautiful room.
And the bedrooms start to take shape too.
Work continues apace in other areas too. The solar panels have been connected,first fix plumbing and electrics are completed. The “plant room” is starting to resemble the bridge of the Starship Enterprize and we haven’t even started on the air source heat pump yet.
Underfloor heating is being laid throughout the ground floor in preparation for the Flow screed to be pumped at the beginning of October. It will finally be safe to walk on the floors without fear of falling through the polystyrene insulation between the beams!
Finally the reason for those odd joists becomes clear when the first fix electrics and plumbing happen.
I haven’t written anything for sometime,not because nothing has happened but because there hasn’t been anything to photograph.
Outside the cladding (cement fibre based cladding that never needs painting or maintenance) has been applied to the balcony and porch leaving a space for a small window for that all important sea view.
The windows finally arrived after eight weeks but were well worth the wait, powder coated aluminium in peppermint green. They look fantastic and integral blinds in the bifold doors and upstairs bedroom mean privacy and shade are ensured.
Meanwhile inside, the first fix electric is nearly completed with miles of cables snaking in and out of the walls and joists.
One hundred millimetre thick insulation between the joists and fifty millimetre on top mean the the plater board has had to be secured by four inch screws!
Work on the roof continues in spite of the heavy rain and high winds blighting December
On the 26th September the glulam beams arrive so that work can begin on the roof. The quarter ton, eleven metre beam was manhandled into place by Stuart and his men.
That’s the first one in place only another ten to go!
The hand cut roof takes shape, a veritable forest of wood.
When complete, sterling board is nailed on to add strength to the structure.
First floor joists
We have used Easy joists which are made up of a 3×2 batten top and bottom held together with a metal webbing.
We are hoping to eliminate some of the creaking associated with solid wood joists but the biggest advantage is the ability to run all the services including 4 inch soil pipes through the joists.
Like the floor the walls are super insulated to ensure that energy consumption is as low as possible.
The cavity between the block work is filled with 100mm fibreglass batts.
Concrete blocks line the load bearing walls and the outer walls use thermalite blocks to give a low U value (the U value is the measure of the thermal performance of the building , a low value indicates high levels of insulation).
The blocks are “attached” to the steel frame with metal ties
A brick skin is to be used for the side walls and traditional cobbles to face the front and back
Work starts in earnest and the footings are expertly dug by Coastal Groundworks.
The result is more like an archeological dig than the start of a new home but that will all change when the concrete arrives.
Six lorries, the help of a pump and the concrete is poured into the footings without a hitch.
30th May and we’re out of the ground!
24th June. Next stage the super insulated beam and block floor is put in place.
The lorry load of insulation arrives looking like giant lego.
The concrete beams having been manhandled into place act as a frame for the insulation blocks.
The beam and block floor is complete