Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Porch roof

One gable end is up now, with internal walls and support beams a lot of progress has been made.

The porch roof is progressing well.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Ground floor is up!

So after 1 full day and 2 mornings we have the ground floor panels all up after some jiggling and shimming.
It was probably a little easier than I expected as all the panels are numbered and it is just a case of lifting them into position, levelling them and nailing them down.
However, some of the panels are extremely heavy and without the JCB to lift with we would have needed a crane.
We found today we are missing a part, the lintel across the large windows at the front but a quick phone call to the suppliers and this will be delivered Tuesday along with the missing Velux windows.
One or two bits of information are missing from the drawings but again, always solved by a quick phone call.  maybe it is our inexperience but the questions are always answered quickly and far:)

Tomorrow we start on the roof!

Wednesday, 19 January 2011


We have spent the last 4 days, leveling and filling the foundations with hardcore then compacting it all.
Today Paul came down to help Iain and David start putting the kit up.
It was at first light that they started.

Also still very muddy!

Some of the panels are heavy.

Not sure what they are going to do with it now!!

The first panels are up.

More Progress. Now to nail it all together.

Friday, 14 January 2011

The Unloading

Arrival of the second truck, which had the insulation on.

The orange box in the foreground is a chimney.

All unloaded.

The croft is now full of insulation!

Arrival of the kit

arrival of the roof trusses

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

The Kit

Our timber frame house kit arrives Friday 14th January. Our neighbour Paul is taking a couple of days off work to help. One of our other neighbours, Sam (he's a blacksmith) has a telescopic forklift 4 wheel drive vehicle and is going to offload the kit. I will be out with the camera so pictures will follow.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Mild weather

We had a brilliant Christmas and New Year in Scarborough, it was good to see family and friends.
Now the work has started again. Iain had dug a trench before we went and put a drainage pipe in but couldn't fill it in as the soil had frozen. He's filling it in now as the weather is very mild today, he's trying to get the water to drain away from the entrance to the site so that the kit can be delivered. The kit is being delivered this month!!!