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Fixing roofing felt Fixing roofing felt Nailing roofing battens Tiles Tiles loaded on roof Lead work to box gutter Tiling the valley Tiling Fitting roof lights Pointing the ridge Tiles around flush P.V. panels Fiberglass balcony and box gutter Balcony covered in OSB before fibreglassing

By |2020-07-01T14:08:48+01:00June 16th, 2016|Self build timeline|Comments Off on Roofing

Timber frame wall panels

Ground floor Ground floor wall panels Crane lifting panels Fixing steel post Ground floor wall panels Fixing base of corner post Fixing ground steel floor beams Ground floor steel beams ready to start fixing joists Floor joists over ground floor panels Metal web joists over living space Air tight membrane over joist ends The guys [...]

By |2019-10-21T09:25:18+01:00June 3rd, 2016|Self build timeline|Comments Off on Timber frame wall panels

Timber frame arrives on site

The first delivery of the passive timber frame from MBC Timber Frame Ltd arrived this morning from the factory in Ireland. The access to site is quite tight so MBC had arranged to have their truck met by a smaller vehicle and transfer the load a couple of miles away so it would not block [...]

By |2019-11-27T14:58:42+00:00June 2nd, 2016|Self build timeline|3 Comments

Pouring the insulated raft

Loading the pump Adjusting the boom to reach the back of the slab Raking out the concrete Vibrating poker to help the concrete flow and fill all gaps Checking  the levels with a laser level Tamping down concrete Using a bull float to level the slab [/fuForming the recessed shower tray Power floating the slab [...]

By |2020-07-01T17:50:51+01:00May 25th, 2016|Foundations, Groundworks, Self build timeline|1 Comment

Passive slab foundation

A passive slab foundation is a raft that is fully insulated from contact with the ground below eliminating any thermal bridging. Insulation forms the shuttering for a concrete pour, and layering of the insulation allows a ring beam to be formed around the perimeter and thickening under load bearing internal walls. Reinforcing steel is added [...]

By |2020-07-01T17:50:36+01:00May 24th, 2016|Foundations, Groundworks, Self build timeline|Comments Off on Passive slab foundation

Oversite and drainage

Site cleared and levels reduced Inspection chambers set to level Rodding point for surface water drainage With the reduced dig and drainage runs complete the site is covered in free draining stone compacted in layers. This provides a base for the raft foundation to sit on. Checking the levels of the sub base Compacting stone in [...]

By |2020-07-03T11:47:59+01:00April 28th, 2016|Foundations, Groundworks, Self build timeline|Comments Off on Oversite and drainage

Moving utility connections

Before the house can be demolished all of the utility services (Gas, Electricity, Water) need to be disconnected. Rather than pay for a disconnection and then again for a new connection later I decided to move them to the side of the garage so they would be out of the way. I would then run [...]

By |2020-07-01T17:55:29+01:00February 29th, 2016|Foundations, Self build timeline, Site Preparation|Comments Off on Moving utility connections

Ground bearing test and soil analysis

A requirement of the foundation design for the house is to establish the soil type and bearing capacity of it to allow the structural engineer to design a suitable slab and sub base for it. A small rig was brought to site to undertake a ground bearing test by driving a hole into the ground [...]

By |2020-07-02T15:50:46+01:00January 20th, 2016|Self build timeline, Site Preparation|Comments Off on Ground bearing test and soil analysis