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Roof A-frame exposed!

Category: Barn Conversion Journal March 16th, 2012 by mbc

I’ve been rattling on about the barns roof trusses / A-frame a fair bit recently, both on the forum and the roof post in my Anatomy of… series.

Well here’s quite a nice photograph of the real thing…

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For reference, the photograph shows the right hand side of the two furthest trusses that you can see on the ‘before’ photograph contained in the Anatomy of… post linked to above.

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The anatomy of a roof

Category: Useful Information November 14th, 2011 by mbc

Laying bare the basics of my roof structure through an annotated diagram that a layman like me can better understand, the aim of this post is to answer the question…what are the component parts of a roof?

Based on the roof of my barn, a pretty simple A-frame / truss structure as (badly) pictured below, my anatomy of a roof diagram follows.

From Before
The anatomy of a roof

The anatomy of a roof

Or view in 3D:

The diagram shows a basic A-frame roof, with angled rafters, a single tie-beam for each pair of principal rafters and horizontal purlins.

You can also download the anatomy of a roof Google Sketchup model. All angles and measurements are for purely illustrative purposes.

This is a purely amateur effort, so please let me know of any additions or corrections that you think I should make.

Read more about the anatomy of posts on Mybarnconversion.com here.

This is one in a series of posts about the anatomy of various parts of barns & buildings in general.

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Building Progress ~ May 2011

Category: Barn Conversion Journal June 20th, 2011 by mbc

Oh dear, a little late with my update – been on holiday, now can I remember what I did in May…?

The newly laid lawn is coming on green and lush, with a few bald patches and some unsightly lumps and bumps – but all-in-all looking pretty good.

Pointing is pretty much done – no official announcement as yet but near as damn-it done, just three years after starting…

…and then there’s filling in the eaves. I spent a weekend boarding up the back, then one on the front, then another on pointing the gap between the wall and the boarding – read more about it on this post. Just need to repaint them and fit mesh over the ends that I’ve left open to allow some airflow.

I must have spent the best part of a cumulative day bashing my way through the wall getting the TV aerial cable from outside to in. I still finding it amazing how long even the simplest seeming jobs can take. At least it’s there now.

Also made a start on painting the second bedroom – it feels strange starting work again inside – especially when the sun is shining.

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Eaves

Category: Barn Conversion Journal June 15th, 2011 by mbc

One of my last major tasks during this phase of work on the barn is to box in the gap under the eaves. The eaves had been left open and were a haven to birds, who had nested in the roof, being able to easily hop in an out through the ‘porch’ formed by the open eaves.

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I’ve used plywood to seal across the eaves, each length of ply being screwed up onto the existing weather board and small blocks of wood that I placed at the end of each length of plywood, these having been first secured in place with long screws driven in from the front of the weather board.

With the plywood painted and the gap back-filled with expanding foam (the stains of which have lived on my hands for weeks) I’ve then pointed the gap between the wall and the plywood with my usual mix of lime mortar.

The final job, (not yet done) will be the fill the odd gaps that I’ve had to leave – where the plywood changes levels for example, with a black sealant and the ends of the eaves with a metal mesh to allow some air flow.

I expect the mortar to shrink in places as it dries out over the summer, I’ll then either repoint or fill with a sealant, whichever seems most appropriate.

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Welsh Slate

Category: Website Reviews December 22nd, 2010 by mbc

I have a very small amount of slate roofing to do and I was very pleased to come across a website that contains some great data-sheets on how to go about roofing with slates >>

Welsh Slate.com
StoneWorks Ltd

In their own words: “Welsh//Slate based in North Wales is the worlds leading manufacturer of high quality roofing slate, architectural and aggregate slate products. Welsh//Slate roofing products have an unparalleled reputation for durability and quality.”

The link will take you to the sites Design & Installation (Technical) page from where you can find plenty of related and well laid out data-sheets.

Informative and Welsh… what more could you want?

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Progress

Autumn 2013

Right that’s the summer over with, now I can get on with some real work without the distractions of other things (like holidays and playing with children, all that enjoyable stuff that gets in the way of progress)… With few major jobs (painting, boxing in – nasty stuff!) left inside, mainly fiddly things that need […]

I’m having a moan on twitter… https://twitter.com/barnconversion/status/368427314868396032

A lovely Flemish barn conversion

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Barns

Barns Gallery on Remodelista

There is a lovely gallery of barn related inspirational photographs available on Remodelista.

Barns – the Long House

Situated on the North Norfolk coast, this is a building to admire…

Barns – the Balancing Barn

A stunning piece of architecture, although not entirely to my taste…

New fast-track planning permission for the development of barns proposed

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De-assembled, re-assembled, re-cycled barns

“A bit like a private sector, modernising, repurposing St Fagan’s…”

Design

What is a shadow gap?

A shadow gap – a mysterious dark place between two plains…

Your barn conversion – "what you really wanted for yourself"

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Building Regulations, Approved Documents Part D – Toxic substances

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Building Regulations, Approved Documents – Part C Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture

An overview of Building Regulations, Approved Documents – Part C Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture

Building Regulations, Approved Documents – Part B Fire safety

An overview of Building Regulations, Approved Documents – Part B Fire safety

Architecture

Your barn conversion – "what you really wanted for yourself"

Thoughts on making YOUR barn conversion – "what you really wanted for yourself"

The Stirling prize 2012 winner – the Sainsbury Laboratory

The 2012 Stirling prize was won by a outsider, the Sainsbury Laboratory…

The Stirling prize 2012

I think that this years Stirling prize has some exciting projects on the shortlist…

Our engineers … our architects – Le Corbusier

The efficient, shiny world of construction in 1923…

Design in Storage

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News

Green Deal slow beginnings?

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The property roller coaster – planning reform to be rethought

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Energy policy, smoke screens, fracking, confusion and big bucks

There seems to be only one thing that is certain in the world of energy policy and that is that costs will rise annually above and beyond anything that inflation can currently throw at us. Beyond that, smoke screens & confusion seem to reign. Take the recent news for example… It’s reported today that the […]

Flanking manoeuvres and good design…

It seems that the government are undertaking flanking manoeuvres on the green belt…

Green Deal Launch

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Plaid Cymru’s Green New Deal promise

The leader of Plaid Cymru has promised a “Green New Deal” to rejuvenate the Welsh economy and help maintain Wales’ position at the forefront of Green policies.

Permitted development extension limits to be doubled

The government is due to announce a temporary increase in the maximum depth of extensions that can be built under permitted development rules.

Lloyd Khan, making shelter simple.

I wanted to share an interview with Lloyd Khan that I recently found…

Just what is ‘sustainable development’?

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Sir Patrick Abercrombie – “It is a matter for serious thought…”

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