Archive for March, 2009

Last section of Ring Beam(28Mar09)

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

The final section of ring beam was poured this morning. This means hopefully the cottage should start to look more like part of the house soon. We still want to replace the stone doorway (mike if your reading this don’t forget!)?á between the sitting room and dining room so hopefully that will bring back a little of the old feel to it. We are also looking forward to seeing the mezzanine as this should help with old cottage feel (we hope). My worry at the moment is that Mike told me there will be collars on every rafter in the cottage roof which was not what we imagined for a vaulted ceiling.?á I’ll reserve judgement untill we see how it looks. As with everything else it’s hard to picture the finished roof.


Friday, March 27th, 2009


Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Well it really looks impressive now – the timbers are flying up and it’s taking shape nicely.?á Had some measurements taken for windows today so that could be happening in about 3 weeks…..


Monday, March 23rd, 2009

The roof timbers on the new extension were started today. I visited the architect on the way to the cottage to look at his roof because the planning specifies no soffit and I couldn’t picture how this works. It looks fine and actually saves the cost of loads of soffit which is good! Instead of soffit there are some roof vents to stop the timbers rotting. Unfortunately most of the timber has been already cut for the roof, but can be trimmed after. It should be ready for slates in 2-3 weeks. The original cottage wall still needs the final section of ring beam so hasn’t been started yet.


Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Heavy metal…….I didn’t realise the weight of the slates would need supporting by steel.

The Barn Gable(16Mar09)

Monday, March 16th, 2009

first fix electrics(15Mar09)

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

This is a dull post I know, and first fix electrics is an ambitious statement considering I have only sunk one double socket metal case?áinto the wall – I only have another 87 to go!?á I also need to chanel for cable conduit -?áwhich is about 160 meters in total………


Saturday, March 14th, 2009

?áThere is a little more block work upstairs and the corner of the cottage is starting to take shape.


Thursday, March 12th, 2009

It’s?átaking shape upstairs and you can really imagine yourself in?áthe new bedrooms. The view will be great.

?áWhere the?ábarn wall joins the new extension has been?árepaired?áand the top of the wall has been clad where the old stone was removed for the ring beam.?á I think it will look great when the old stone is cleaned up to match.


Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Holy COWshed – went up this evening and we?áalmost have gables. All of a sudden the house has taken a new shape again.

March 2009
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