… 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.Continue reading “We have walls …”
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.Continue reading “Ups and Downs”
Things are starting to gather pace now at an excitingly alarming rate. The Team have finished the RIBA Stage 4 tender pack which is now with the Builder – yes we have a preferred builder, more on that later.Continue reading “A lot, and I mean A LOT, of drawings”
The team are working hard on finalising the pack of documents so the Builder (more on this later) can pull together their costed proposal. Our part in this has been finalising our choices on the different finishes we want – floors, ceiling and so on which feels very surreal given we have yet to dig any (proper) holes. It will however smooth the build process if this can all be agreed up-front.
In the course of all this, the architects suggested we take a look at an environmentally friendly, mineral paint for our walls. This then led us to getting distracted for days in the fascinating and confusing world of colour.Continue reading “Yet another shade of blue?”
For no real reason other than it was raining and we wanted something to do, we have made a card model of how the tin and stone barns will look when finished.Continue reading “Old school distractions”
The house project rollercoaster continues with great leaps of progress in some areas (design) while elsewhere we appear at times to be no further forward (amendments to our planning permission). Lockdown 2.0 has at least given us some enforced ‘stay at home’ time which we have put to good use reviewing the huge amounts of detail that is being produced and assembled by the team.Continue reading “The big book of words”
The complicated design work on the house continues. The non-material amendments are back in with the planners for approval and it looks like we have a solution for the steel that won’t compromise the buildings energy performance which is great. We have also been feeding some alternative thoughts into the design process.Continue reading “A different design perspective”
Some of the many, many Pinterest pictures influencing the design process.
Yes, we’re quite fond of wood.
As well as all the exciting stuff like windows and insulation (it’s all relative), every building needs a structure to make it stand up and this is where we have run into a wee snagette.Continue reading “It’s starting to get complicated”
Our house design is coming together and it’s exciting to see things take shape as we try to imagine ourselves living in the end result. Its been a journey with many stages so here’s the summary so far …Continue reading “Scribbles, Sketches and Spaces”