More structural and conservation work this week tackling the challenges of restoring old stone buildings. The problem of the month has been the keenness of our old stone walls to part company with each other – a separation that started to accelerate once the structural support offered by a budlia and some nettles were removed. As mentioned previously, propping was the temporary solution but clearly something more long term was required.Continue reading “The Crack in My Wall”
Lots going on at the moment as we try and work out which builder to go with, balancing (expected) cost, experience, availability and a host of other considerations. Not really appropriate to write about all this yet so instead here is why we are going to be spending a fortune on miles of magic tape.Continue reading “It all comes down to magic tape”
One of the key requirements of a PassivHaus or in our case something built to the EnerPHit standard, is air tightness. To achieve the thermal efficiency required, we need to be obsessive about cutting out any air leakage and with it our precious heat. Once you’ve sealed your house up and made it air tight you then need a plan to prevent the air going stale, oh and for making sure the occupants can still breathe.Continue reading “Balancing Act”
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”
One of the many things we have to work out is how to insulate the ground floor. The Architects Matt and Elly, are helping unpick the mysteries of what you usually take for granted since it’s buried in the ground. It’s all a balance between making sure the building doesn’t sink, cost, achieving un-interrupted insulation, minimal thermal bridges, and it turns out dealing with radioactive gas.Continue reading “Starting at the bottom”
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”
“We need to dig some holes tonight …” went the phone call, “… can’t be that hard, they just need to be a metre square and a metre deep”.
Well that sounded straightforward.Continue reading “Thursday night fun”