Project Woodlands Week 10

Oct 25

Project Woodlands Week 10

Project Woodlands Week 10 25/10/2015

This week saw the completion of the roof and it looks great.  I just can’t get enough of our lovely slate roof it really has transformed the look of the house.

We have been busy this weekend finishing removing plaster from the walls in the master bedroom ready for the electrician and plastering to be done.

 

We are also continually forward thinking and making decisions on fixtures and fittings at the moment.

I have today finished ordering the shower fixtures and apart from the shower screen and tray we have all the sanitary ware and plumbing fixtures. My brother who is a 3D visual artist has been modelling the bathroom for me so that we can decide on our tiling and fine tune the details of the bathroom. Its really helped being able to adjust things on the model to compare options and see what is going to work best.

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Project Woodlands Week 8 & 9

Oct 18

Project Woodlands Week 8 & 9

Project Woodlands Week 8 & 9

Week 8 saw very little progress. We had two days of rain and two days where the carpenters didn’t come, so only one day of work was done where they extended the rafters down one side of the house and fitted the grey UPVC fascia and soffit. We also had the surveyor come to measure up for our windows.

After voicing my concerns about the carpenters not being on site in week 8,  week 9 started with them being on site and they finished extending the rafters and fitting the fascia and soffit .

Wednesday morning brought a delivery of all the slate for the roof as well as the aluminium continuous verge trim for the gable we had requested. With it this brought our first major frustration of the build as the roofer wanted to know whether the trim should go against the wall so it could be rendered over or a gap of 25mm left so it could be rendered up to / under.  As we are having a specialist firm coming in to do a k render finish I sought there advice but after a lack of a speedy response and with the roofer hassling us for a decision so he wouldn’t be held up, we considered the impact of both options and realized rendering over it wasn’t really an option.

With the decision made on Friday they cracked on with starting to slate the roof and it is starting to really look good.

So far the build has been a fairly enjoyable experience but this week was definitely a stressful one and kept me awake at night. We are striving for a contemporary clean look where the finishing details are hugely important and both the carpenters and roofer just don’t seem to have the forethought and attention to detail that we would like. A key example of this is the way the fascia and soffit had been finished on the end, needless to say the front section has now been removed and we have suggested the best solution for a finish that wont have unsightly joints.

Next week should see the completion of the roof tiling and I cant wait to see the finished roof in all its glory.

 

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Project Woodlands Week 7

Oct 04

Project Woodlands Week 7

Project Woodlands Week 7  – 04/10/2015

This week the block work on the gable was completed and the carpenters continued work on the roof.

They took the old roof back to the ridge where the hipped roof used to begin and built the new roof structure. A bit of a surprise and an excellent bonus for us came on Friday when the carpenters decided to make it like a loft conversion and the resulting space is amazing.

Although we don’t have the funds to fully convert the loft this has opened up a can of worms / thoughts about being able to make use of the space.

We have reassessed our plan to have the boiler located in the loft and now think it will be better located in the new hallway cupboard, so that we don’t spoil the loft space and any possible future changes we might want to make.

We are also in a dilemma about whether or not at this stage we should put some velux roof windows into the roof.

Over the weekend we have also been continuing to remove coving and strip back plaster on some of the walls.

 

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