House Extension

Fitting the roof felt (breathable roof membrane)

Day 21: Front Fascia and Felt Roof Added Another excited day which saw the felt roof mostly completed and the last of the fascia board added. The window man came and measured up the French doors – we are now have French doors at 170cm wide and 2 side panels at 65.5cm each, with 40cm…

Fitting the soffits and fascia

Day 20: Framework For Roof Completed, Soffits and Fascia Added Today the framework for the roof was almost completed. All the timber is on, the fascia and soffits put on the side, little holes for the 2 Velux windows done. The builders said that there is a couple hours more work to do on Monday and…

Roof rafters cut and fitted

Day 19: Carpentry Work on the Roof Today more of the timber was put on the roof. All the timber is cut to size on site. Lots of sawing and hammering happening – it sounded like a proper building site!

Building the roof for our single story extension

Day 18: Roof Steels and Timber Added Today the roof went up. The steel arrived in the morning. It seems that once again my architect designed everything to be too big. The 4 builders, all of whom are well built guys, struggled to get the steel support in place. No idea how much it weighed…

Installing the padstones and engineering bricks

Day 17: Lintel, Padstones and Engineering Bricks Today the walls were completed. Padstones and engineering bricks were added to provide the supports for the roof’s steel frame which is due to arrive tomorrow. The lintel went up too which supports the brickwork and roof above the patio windows / doors. The lintel is like an…

Bricklaying Complete – ready for the Padstones

Day 16: Walls Completed and Ready for Padstones Today not a lot happened. The walls were almost completed and one padstone “hole” was ready. Building stopped early and heavy rain shortly followed. The builders keep a keen eye on the horizon for changes in the weather. Well, they rely on their iPhone actually.  

Rain Stops Play

rain

Day 15: Total Washout, Rain Stops Play Total washout. Builders put up a few bricks but heavy downpours were making a mess of the brickwork so they abandoned the site for the weekend. Nothing else to report. It is worth talking about builders and the weather here; I touched on this on day 12: Can…

Brick laying: staggering the lines to the highest row

Day 14: Highest Bricks Laid The walls grew quickly today. The builders worked hard in the morning to get as much done as possible before the midday sun hit the back of the house. One brick reached the highest point today and it is looking pretty good. The plan is to finish the walls by…