No rain. More sun.
Walls ending, ready for roof!
Most of the walls have been built and they should be poured on Monday. We have also marked out the positions of the pipes for the plumbing and the MVHR system – feels like progress!
- Steel beam in place over the front porch
- Hiab used to deliver supplies of sand from on high
- Garage gable cut to shape
- Middle floors cleared out so this gives an idea of the hallway
- The start of the home office
• The second floor has been finished and concreted
• The carpenter has put up a dummy gable for the garage
• MIB are back working on the final set of walls – garage and house
• Meetings with plumbers, carpenters, brickies…………
• From Grand Designs you learn that windows are always late and, despite our best efforts, ours will be late……………..
Friday’s pour was not complete so Monday we had Joel and Dan from ICF hand mixing concrete to finish off the walls. The Triton scaffolders began the next lift. They returned on Wednesday to finish the job. The steels, originally due on Tuesday, were put back until Wednesday to allow time for the concrete from Monday to cure. This meant putting Groundway Civils, who were programmed for Wednesday, back to Thursday. Lots of phone calls and reprogramming.
Tuesday, took delivery of the rain water goods in the rain – some of the little rain we have had during the build so far.
Wednesday, the scaffolders were back and the steels for the first floor support were delivered and placed.
Thursday, the Groundways Civils team were back to start on the next ceiling/floor just as the beams were arriving.
Interesting fact: it has been calculated that to achieve CSH costs some £10k for reports by ‘experts’ and verification by ‘accredited’ bodies – and that is the cost without including the cost of any of the equipment. Someone is making money out of this!
Mon – Groundway Civils guys working on making a base for the lawn on the top level and the path to get down to the terrace. ICF team working on the walls for the upper ground floor – would be easier if we had more wall and fewer windows!
Tue – Trying hard to gauge how much spoil we need for the base of the drive and down the side of the house by the footpath, and therefore how much spoil left to make up the lawn. Still keen to retain all the spoil on site.
Wed – ICF team shuttering the walls ready for the pour at the end of the week. Dave building the stone wall for the edge of the path from the lawn down to the terrace.
Thur – Lots of activity putting in re-bars in the walls and shuttering up window areas. Stone wall finished.
Fri – Poured the middle floor. Long day but a big step forward.
The Groundway Civils team have put in some long vertical steels (known as webs) with sleepers in between to hold up the top lawn. They needed an auger to make a hole sufficiently deep to take the steels. They are now working on the path between the lawn and the terrace.
MIB have been building up the upper ground floor walls. The windows and doors take the time as they need ‘closures’, plastic strips, at the junctions between the window and wall and a bracing system to hold the ICF forms in place for the concrete. Next week should see the next pour.
Apologies to our “blogarbeiter” in Germany as they will not be able to listen to the Herr Doctor Who theme tune for copyright reasons!