Monthly Archives: August 2016

Day 35 – Saturday 27th August 2016

Day 35 – Saturday 27th August 2016

Although the weekend the roofer continued work today.

Roof Progress

Roof Progress

Roof Progress 2

Roof Progress 2

Roof Progress 3

Roof Progress 3

View up to new ceiling height in kitchen

View up to new ceiling height in kitchen

View up to new ceiling height

View up to new ceiling height

View down to new step area and new kitchen extension

View down to new step area and new kitchen extension

Day 33 and Day 34 -Thursday 25th and Friday 26th August 2016

Day 33 and Day 34 – Thursday 25th and Friday 26th August 2016

Thursday was fine first thing, then heavy rain stopped the work

Retaining Wall and Steps

Retaining Wall and Steps

Step progress 2

Step progress 2

Step progress

Step progress

Wall progress

Wall progress

Wall progress 2

Wall progress 2

Days 30 and 31 – Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Days 30 and 31 – Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Work concentrated on the retaining wall behind the new kitchen and the new step area that will give us quick access to the garden.  The soil is clay and heavy, and although it has been well compacted over the years before its disturbance for this build, it needs to be held back with a strong wall.

Digger to remove remaining soil for steps 2

Digger to remove remaining soil for steps

As the height of the garden from the new patio is well above the ground level, about six steps will be required. This means more digging out to create space for the steps, also taking into consideration the width of each step and the drop of each step.

Digger to remove remaining soil for steps

Digger removing remaining soil

View from bedroom 2

View from bedroom

View from bedroom

2nd View from bedroom

 

Day 29 – Friday 19th August 2016

Day 29 – Friday 19th August 2016

Rain! Heavy! No proper rain for a few weeks, till last night and this morning, just as all roof tiles have been removed – typical!

By lunch time rain was so heavy, the builder and his mate went home. Rain stops play again.

Filling back of retaining wall

Filling back of retaining wall

Retaining wall

Retaining wall

Day 28 – Thursday 18th August 2016

Day 28 – Thursday 18th August 2016

Removal of roof tiles with bat ecologist on site

Ecologist on site

Ecologist on site

Tile Removal with supervision 2

Tile Removal with supervision 2

Tile Removal with supervision

Tile Removal with supervision

Tile Removal with supervision 3Tile Removal with supervision 5Tile Removal with supervision 4

Progress of retaining wall

Progress of retaining wall

Ground drains

Ground drains

Inside Kitchen Area

Inside Kitchen Area

Top of patio doors

Top of patio doors

Top of patio doors 2

Top of patio doors 2

Day 27 – Wednesday 17th August 2016

Day 27 – Wednesday 17th August 2016

Breach of Bat Licence

This is an extract of the email we were sent: I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that any breach of licence is considered to be a breach of the legislation, and we have a duty to act upon such cases, as this was reported timely and works have now halted to allow for the ecologist to be present, in this case please consider this a warning.
Should any further breaches occur we will have no option but to refer this matter to the police for investigation.

Therefore no work has been carried out, but can now continue once we have been supervised during tile removal.

Work today on the retaining wallretaining wall

 

Day 25 – Monday 15th August 2016

Day 25 – Monday 15th August 2016

Work continues on the permitted part of the new roof.  No parts of the old roof may be touched without supervision from a bat licenced ecologist.

Roof work 3Roof work 2

Work on retaining wall begins

New retaining wall

Retaining Wall

New retaining wall 2

New retaining wall

New retaining wall 3

 

Day 24 – Monday 8th August – BATS

Day 24 – Monday 8th August 2016 – BATS

Our property is in an area that has potential for bats, therefore it was deemed necessary that we should have a bat survey carried out before any work could go ahead on the roof of the property.
We had dawn and dusk observations completed last year. During the first bat activity survey, Springdale was identified as a transitional/ day roost for a low number of common bats.
Therefore a Method Statement was drawn up which instructed us on how we must go about our new extension.
In hindsight we now understand what we did wrong.
This is what happened.
Some work to the roof has already been carried out without supervision of a bat licensed ecologist contrary to the licence conditions.
Everything is on hold.  No further work can be carried out to the existing roof without supervision.
We have breached planning conditions and have been reported to Natural Resources Wales.
We must await their decision.Roof top ridge

Back corner joint

If anyone out there is in the same position, a word of warning – do not go ahead and touch the roof without a bat licensed ecologist being employed on site prior to works commencing and during any removal of roof tiles.
Read the Method Statement carefully. Our report was 29 pages long. The Method Statement was on page 17. So it is advisable to read it all.
The local authority have now also been informed of our breach of planning conditions.
We now also have a Shwegler 1 FE Bat Box on the garage as recommended and we will need to install another three on the front of the house on completion of the building.