Since it has been warmer in the last couple of days, the bricklayers have made a huge amount of progress, and are on target to be finished by Wednesday.
The windows and doors should then be, as planned, installed in the second half of the week.
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!)
Finally 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.
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.
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.
The scaffolding was also up and allowed for some bird’s-eye view photos.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
I was able to leave the office early today and managed to get back to the site just before 4pm.
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!
If it is too cold tomorrow morning, they will finish the cellar off first thing.