Building Progress ~ November 2007, week 1 and 2

Let the games begin.

exterior excavations
The first phase of building involves excavation of the exterior ground levels all around the building to provide drainage trenches and ensure that exterior floor levels are below the eventual interior floor level.

Internally, the existing flag stone, cobble and concrete floors have been removed and dug out down to the level necessary for the installation of the new floor.
internal barn floor begins

Hardcore has been placed in the main barn and compacted as the beginnings of the new floor.

The wooden first floor in the kitchen end of the barn has been removed.

sewage trench across the yard
sewage system
Trenches have been cut along the back of the building and across the yard, complete with pipework to carry waste to the green clean-water sewage system (of which more shortly) that has been installed in the nearby field.

Attention to detail…

So, as we have started work, we need to think about all those details that I’ve put to one side until we had a builder.

Not liking getting too formal about such things, it seems like a good idea to make a list so:

Last update [4th November 2007]

  • Ground or Air Source Heat Pump that is the question.
  • Heating. Go with under-floor heating on the ground floor with radiators on first floor ~ drawbacks, problems, source of hot water for radiators (potentially from back-boiler on multi-fuel room heater)?
  • Internal doors (find some that we like).
  • Openings through internal walls. Have we allowed for one to few? – yes but we will replan the bathroom / bedroom entrances
  • Paint. Compare eco alternatives to branded products.
  • Rain-water harvesting. Readdress the quote I’ve already had and evaluate cost and fit to the current plan.
  • Flooring and tiling ~ select!
  • Guttering and down-pipes excluded from bill of quantities, estimate and add them back in.
  • En-suite bathroom~ what shall we do with the 1 metre dressing area.
  • Bathroom suites and Kitchen
  • Storage~ allow for narrow cupboards built into internal partition walls on the first floor.
  • etc.

If anyone has any opinions or advice in relation to any of these items then please feel free to comment.

All advice is appreciated….