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Open the Drylining Tapers  photo album
(37 Photo's)
21st May 2006
Fitting 140 sheets of plasterboard
Open the Partitions  photo album
(38 Photo's)
18th April 2006
Fitting the Windows and Doors
Open the Kitchen Concrete  photo album
(44 Photo's)
11th March 2006
Laying the Kitchen concrete. The kitchen concrete slab was laid by a firm that delivers and mixes at your door. I paid them extra to level and rough float it. Kids do come in handy for all those site jobs you don't like doing yourself
Open the Underfloor Heating  photo album
(118 Photo's)
10th March 2006
Fitting half a kilometer of wet underfloor heating pipes. The wet underfloor heating pipes are tied to a concrete reinforcing mesh laid on top of xps insulation and an additional cusioned and sand blinded dpm. We double the pipe spacing to give a faster heating response time to the 100mm thick concrete slab. The joints of the xps are taped to prevent a cold bridge (where the floor concrete seeps through the insulation gaps. Upstairs heating pipes are laid in a batterned space betweek the floor joists, these are fileld with 300mm filbre insulation. The blue paint marks on the floor and wall are to show the position of internal timber partitions - hence no pipes near these to be drilled through. The kitchen heating pipes were laid in four seperate circuits to provide a degree of redundancy in the even of failure of one or more of the pipes.
Open the Windows and Doors  photo album
(21 Photo's)
15th January 2006
It's stll early January a very cold outside, the gas space heater can barely cope. So the windows and doors are fitted making us water tight. The concrete kitchen floor is scrubbed so to give a smooth surface for the cusioning, dpm and floor insulation.
Open the Slice \'n\' Dice  photo album
(19 Photo's)
14th January 2006
Glenn Blythe chops up the front of the garage concrete floor slab with his stihl saw. Because we decided to install the garage door behind the reveals, we would have been left with unsightly concrete slab at the end of the driveway. Luckily the steel reinforcing mesh in the concrete was not continued into the garage door reveal. Still 150mm of concrete is a tough job.
Open the Scaffold Down  photo album
(23 Photo's)
7th January 2006
Completion of major external structural work and roof means the scaffolding can come down, yep no more bruises from heads banged on the scaffolding. Also, the first time things start to take shape. As it's the middle of winter, the garage door is fitted and temporarily connected to make things more draught proof.
Open the Roof Finishing  photo album
(46 Photo's)
10th December 2005
Completion of work on roof, including ridge tiles, pointing and gutters - A total of 1600 roof tiles were laid, two valleys 66 ridges and 1 cubic metre of mortar
Open the Roofing  photo album
(55 Photo's)
29th October 2005
Work on roof including bracing, infills, valleys, underlay, batterning and tiling
Open the Roof Trusses  photo album
(50 Photo's)
23rd October 2005
Erection and bracing of roof trusses for all three roofs. The main kitchen roof could not be completed until the roof on the second story was findished as the inner scaffold was removed. The kitchen roof space was constructed using attic trusses these give an open area with the cross members found in the usual fink trusses.
Open the Superstructure (Week 4)  photo album
(29 Photo's)
17th October 2005
Week 4 of the main superstructure (above ground) construction - Brickwork and Blockwork. This is the only bit I didn't do, a firm of bricklayers was employed to lay the 7,000 bricks and 1,200 blocks. Needless to say they completed it in significantly less time that it would have taken me.
Open the Superstructure (Week 3)  photo album
(34 Photo's)
10th October 2005
Week 3 of the main superstructure (above ground) construction - Brickwork and Blockwork. This is the only bit I didn't do, a firm of bricklayers was employed to lay the 7,000 bricks and 1,200 blocks. Needless to say they completed it in significantly less time that it would have taken me. The extension is now ready for the 1st lift of scaffolding - this is why you have hard hats.
Open the Superstructure (Week 2)  photo album
(52 Photo's)
3rd October 2005
Week 2 of the main superstructure (above ground) construction - Brickwork and Blockwork. This is the only bit I didn't do, a firm of bricklayers was employed to lay the 7,000 bricks and 1,200 blocks. Needless to say they completed it in significantly less time that it would have taken me. I had to prepare the floor joists and cut holes in the existing wall to support them.
Open the Superstructure (Week 1)  photo album
(54 Photo's)
26th September 2005
Week 1 of the main superstructure (above ground) construction - Brickwork and Blockwork. This is the only bit I didn't do, a firm of bricklayers was employed to lay the 7,000 bricks and 1,200 blocks. Needless to say they completed it in significantly less time that it would have taken me.
Open the Garage Oversite concrete  photo album
(27 Photo's)
10th September 2005
Pouring of 7 cubic metres of fibre and steel mesh reinforced concrete to provide 150mm ground supported slab for the garage - 100mm insulation was added in case of a change of use in the future.
Open the Main Oversite concrete  photo album
(24 Photo's)
31st August 2005
Pouring of 12 cubic metres of fibre reinforced concrete to provide 200mm ground supported slab
Open the Oversite Preparations  photo album
(30 Photo's)
28th August 2005
Compaction and preparation of main sub-base to take 200mm fibre reinforced concrete slab, including laying a 1200 guage dpm. The entire kitchen and conservatory ground bearing slab was poured as one, the black dpm was used as an aid to placing the concrete. An addition dpm will be laid later on top of the concrete slab. The kitchen floor is formed using a 200mm fibre reinforced ground bearing slab, a cushioning layer with an additional dpm, 100mm XPS insulation, followed by 100mm mesh and fibre reinforced concrete layer containing the underfloor heating water pipes. We opted for a thick concrete layer to give a large insulated thermal mass for heating the kitchen.
Open the Oversite Backfill  photo album
(22 Photo's)
27th August 2005
Trench and oversite backfill and providing a new compacted sub-base to take the main ground bearing floor slab. A total of four 8 yard skips of dolomite was used to backfill and level the ground.
Open the Groundwork & Substructure  photo album
(57 Photo's)
8th August 2005
Construction of foundation blockwork up to ground level and moving old foul drains. The foundation groundwork was constucted with a mix of 300mm solid concrete block, engineering bricks and light weight blocks. The below dpc cavity was filled with a weak mix concrete.
Open the Drains and Loading Out  photo album
(32 Photo's)
7th August 2005
Initial loading of concrete blocks for sub structure blockwork and routing of new drains. Two types of drainage pipework are needed, one for foul and one for surface water. All of the pipework has to have a minimum fall.
Open the Foundation Concrete  photo album
(39 Photo's)
6th August 2005
Pouring the concrete foundations, using a total of 14 cubic metres of concrete. We were able to use a conveyor truck mixer allowing us to reach the back of the founds without the back breaking work of wheel barrowing the concrete.
Open the Foundation Excavations  photo album
(35 Photo's)
2nd August 2005
Starting the excavation of the new founds for the extension, around 16 skips were used to take away the spoil from foundation excavations and ground leveling. This was done with a 1 ton mini-digger and a 1 ton dumper. Some of the excavations are 1.3m below ground so quite an achievement for this digger.
Open the Garage Demolition  photo album
(23 Photo's)
30th July 2005
The start of building work - knocking down the old garage. The old garage needed to be demolished to allow the extension to be built. The new kitchen sits on a slightly larger footprint than the old garage. In fact most of the garage brickwork was build off the existing garage foundation (after Building Control inspection) with a slight adjustment because on one side the original builders didn't build up off the centre of the garage foundation. This made the job easier as we would have had to rip up the old foundation if it wasn't reused.


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