Roof Tiles – Part 1

Early this morning, we had a delivery – six pallets of roof tiles. They were more or less lifted directly from the lorry trailer onto to the roof by what might be our last big drive-in crane.

Our neighbours also had their roof-tiles delivered at the same time, and by early afternoon, one side of their roof had been tiled, but ours haven’t been started yet.

Tomorrow we have our weekly meeting with our construction manager, so we might be able to get some more photos. Hopefully by then it will be started.

Doors and Windows

Early on Wednesday morning, I arrived at the site at around the same time as the windows and doors.

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Since we had been told that they would be installed either on Wednesday or Thursday, we were pleasantly surprised when we quickly drove past on the way home from work on Wednesday to see that they had already been installed. Fortunately, we’d already got the keys to go inside, as the construction manager gave them to us when we met him on Tuesday.

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We also got some daylight photos on Thursday, and are happy with the way the house looks.

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There’s only a very tiny bit of bricklaying left to do around the windows and right at the top of one of the gable ends, and the roof tiles should arrive next week.

Another Brick in the Wall

Since I was out early for a 7am haircut, I dropped by the site at around 7.30am.

It was still dark, and the builders were still sitting outside in their vans. It was the first time I have arrived before they had started work! They had however switched on the lights and radio, so I was able to go in and have a look upstairs.

There is not much place to walk about, as they have stocked up with building supplies before they put the roof on (while they could still use a crane to do save all the lifting and carrying!)

img_2129 img_2127Finally today it was a little warmer, and they have been able to continue with the bricklaying.

One of the long sides of the house is now bricked up to the top of the ground floor level, the other long side is about half-way up, and the ends are not started. Hopefully, it will stay warmer for a few days to let them get that finished by the middle of next week. After that, the weather will be a much less important factor.
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We’ve got a Roof

Due to needing to be at the office early, we were not able to visit the site this morning, but our new neighbours were there and were very kind and sent some photos to us 🙂

The roof had already been unloaded from the truck and was being lifted into place.

image1image3By lunch time, almost all of the rafters were in place and covered, so the house is now waterproof from above. Yesterday the stairs led to nowhere, but today we can say that we (almost) have a first floor!

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img_2116Later in the afternoon, the builders had already made a lot of progress with the blocks for the gable ends.
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The next major milestone should be reached next week – when the doors and windows are scheduled to arrive.

Stairway to Nowhere

So far this week, its been somewhat too cold for bricklaying, therefore no real change to the appearance of the house since the photos at the weekend.

Hopefully, it is going to warm up again by the end of the week, and they can continue with the bricks.

The builders, however, have kept busy – the interior walls in the cellar are now finished, and they have tidied up (not that it was particularly untidy even before they did!) both inside and out.

We also now have wooden staircases going both up to the first floor and down to the cellar.

We went up the stairs to have a look, but of course, the first floor is not there yet. Just a concrete floor, but no walls!

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We had a quick talk with the builders, who were also having their lunch break, and they confirmed that the roof is coming tomorrow.

I had thought that they needed to build the walls up further before that, but no, the wooden joists sit on top of the ground floor, and the gaps get filled in afterwards.

Hopefully, we will have some pictures tomorrow.

A Tour of the Ground Floor

Today we were able to visit the site in daylight again and had time to spend a little more time walking around.

Yesterday the ground floor ceiling was completed – the concrete slabs with concrete poured on top. Once that has set, they will be able to continue building upwards, but meanwhile, they have started the external brickwork.

The bricklaying team were still working when we first arrived so we came back after they had left at 2pm.

To give an impression how the ground floor is looking (and so we can compare with the end-result) here is a 1-minute video…

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Bricklaying Day 2

As I drove into work this morning, I dropped in at the site to deliver some chocolate bars for the builders.

Not much work had started up to then, but a delivery of scaffolding had arrived, as well as a large team of people from the scaffolding company. I had to get to the office, so didn’t have time to hang around and watch them offloading and building it.

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By 2pm (when a relative went to take some photos for us), the ground floor interior walls were well underway (we don’t have many due to the large open plan lounge / dining room / kitchen.

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The scaffolding was also up and allowed for some bird’s-eye view photos.

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We stopped in again ourselves at around 5pm and the builders were just leaving. The ground walls (interior and exterior) are essentially finished and they should start with the bricks tomorrow.

Here is the view from the front door.

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Of course, we took the opportunity to walk through the front door have a look around, but since it was dark didn’t stay long.

We are going back on Saturday with a tape measure and laser distance meter and check the walls are where we expect them to be.

It certainly looks right – even the internal door which was wrong on the plans for several weeks!

Bricklaying Day 1

Another icy cold night with clear blue skies and sunshine this morning. On the drive to the site, I was sceptical about whether the builders would even be there at all at 8am, but work was well under way.

More supplies had been delivered, and a small pile of broken bricks meant that someone was working already, but I couldn’t see anyone at first.

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Some moments later and I found them, in the cellar, staying warm and building the internal walls. One of the builders did then come up to use the saw.

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Until it warms up it is too cold for bricklaying outside, but with all that insulation (and maybe some electric heaters?) it was warm enough in the cellar. They were, however, confident that with the sun shining they would be able to work outside later in the day.

Here are a couple of panorama shots of the site. The difference now that the big hole is completely filled in is amazing – the garden seems to have re-appeared!

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I was able to leave the office early today and managed to get back to the site just before 4pm.

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It looks in the picture above that they have finished the interior walls in the cellar, but in fact, they haven’t had time. They were too busy working on the exterior walls for the ground floor!
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If it is too cold tomorrow morning, they will finish the cellar off first thing.

Our Cellar Has Been Buried

At 8am, one corner of the cellar still hadn’t been filled in with soil, but the digger driver assured me that they would be finished today (as you can see in the photos further down, they were indeed more or less finished by around 2pm).

The site now looks more or less the same as is we didn’t have a cellar, but instead just a concrete base for the house. Only the window shafts and the hole where the stairs tell the full story.

Our Construction Manager, Mr H. called this morning, to let us know that they are going to start earlier than originally planned with the walls, and asked us to pick up a water standpipe from the water authority and drop it off at the site. We had already clarified that this was just a case of going to the water authority, handing over a cash deposit and picking one up.

Sometime during the morning, a delivery of concrete blocks arrived from Ytong for the ground floor (the blocks for the internal cellar walls were already down in the cellar since last week).

Due to the current cold temperatures, they have only started in the cellar today, so it doesn’t look any different yet. Hopefully, it will warm up again in the coming days.

Pictures from 8am:

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Pictures from 2pm:

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