As you probably know by now our house will be more or less airtight with ventilation provided by a MVHR (mechanical ventilation and heat recovery) system. Essentially this pumps in air from outside and chucks out the stale, stinky air once it has had the heat removed.
So far so good, but if it’s raining outside, won’t it suck nasty damp air into the house and make everything wet?
Some time ago, in fact it seems years ago, we were having great fun looking at floor samples, paint colours and other fancifull finishing touches all ignoring the fact that we hadn’t even started building yet. All of a sudden we seem to be at the stage of having to choose finishes right now so they can be planned in. How did that happen?
A wee while since the last post but it does mean there has been loads of progress on site to share. We popped round for a quick lunchtime look-round and were very excited to see how much things had come on. While some way off being able to call it home, the structure in the Tin and Stone barn is taking shape.
… sort of. Now that the ground works are done the project is really starting to pick up pace. The timber frame is being erected and this will form the ‘inner shell’ of the building, supporting the insulation, air tightness paraphernalia as well as the plaster, wiring and all the other gubbins that make up a house.
The last few weeks have been pretty frenetic with some good and some less great results. On the plus side, the ground works are now done (yay!) and, as the TV says, “you can’t really plan until you are out of the ground”. Another big relief is Storm Eunice seems to have let us off with the site remaining intact. Getting to this point has not been without some challenges on the energy standard front though.
The site has been busy since we last posted with a lot of the work focused on constructing the insulated raft floor for the Tin and Stone barns. In order to get the required level of insulation and airtightness we are using a product called Isoquick which looks quite a lot like pink polystyrene.
If all goes well this should be the year our house is finished and we move in! We will see how things go but work has just recommenced after Christmas shutdown so there will be lots to report soon. In the meantime we had a present from our friend Olly over Christmas …