Category Archives: Building Work

11th and 12th March – Weekend Work

11th and 12th March – Weekend Work

Tiles above cooker before being grouted

Tiles above cooker before being grouted

Tiles after the grouting in kitchen

Tiles after the grouting in kitchen

Tiling and grouting all completed, thanks Tony!

Tiling and grouting all completed, thanks Tony!

Preparing to paint new sun lounge

Preparing to paint new sun lounge

Kitchen ready to use

Kitchen ready to use

Kitchen finished! Just need to fill cupboards now!

Kitchen finished! Just need to fill cupboards now!

Island unit for all our baking needs!

Island unit for all our baking needs!

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Weekend work – Sunday 5th March 2017 – phase 1 and 2

Weekend work – Sunday 5th March 2017 – phase 1 and 2

Phase 1 work this weekend – Tony (brother-in-law) has fitted handles to bathroom and kitchen door and has begun to tile the kitchen (white tiles!)

Phase 2 work this weekend – Paul has been working on the upstairs, beginning the painting of the ceiling in the new upstairs bedroom in readiness for Joe to return and fit the lights.

Handles to door to utility and new family bathroom fitted by Tony

Handles now in place on door to kitchen from utility and door to new family bathroom. Fitted by Tony

The start of the tiling in the new kitchen - thanks Tony!

The start of the tiling in the kitchen – thanks Tony!

This is what is called 'Buttering of tiles'

This is what is called the ‘back buttering’ of tiles. It ensures a thin even coverage of the cement

New white tiles for a new white kitchen

New white tiles with spacers

Tiling starts from the centre of the cooker and works out the way in both directions

Tiling starts from the centre of the cooker and works out the way in both directions

Spirit levels are essential

Spirit levels are essential

tiling in new kitchen

tiling in new kitchen

tiling in new kitchen pic 2

tiling in new kitchen pic 2

Paul putting on the first coat of emulsion in the new bedroom

Paul applying the first coat of watery emulsion to the newly plastered ceiling in the new bedroom

First coat of emulsion on bedroom ceiling

First coat of emulsion on bedroom ceiling

First coat of emulsion on bedroom ceiling pic 2

First coat of emulsion on bedroom ceiling pic 2

First coat of emulsion on bedroom ceiling pic 3

First coat of emulsion on bedroom ceiling pic 3

Day 149 – Monday 6th February 2017 – phase 1 – kitchen

Day 149 – Monday 6th February 2017 – phase 1 – kitchen

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New under kitchen unit lighting. Kitchen cooker hob still to be connected to the gas supply. Our electrician came up trumps with the lighting! So pleased with it – it is so smart! All electrical work in the kitchen completed by Ballan Electrical Ltd. First Class job!

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new-under-cupboard-unit-lighting-in-new-kitchen

new-under-cupboard-unit-lighting

new-under-cupboard-unit-lighting –  Kitchen not quite completed  – More photos soon

Day 145 – Tuesday 31st January 2017 – phase 2

Day 145 – Tuesday 31st January 2017 – phase 2

Roof tiles all stripped off today under supervision from bat licensed ecologist. Balcony window taken out and flat roof taken off.  From phase 1, worktop for new kitchen which had been measured and cut to size has now been fitted.

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newly-fitted-worktop-for-kitchen-and-island-unit

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New worktop fitted – a transformation

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balcony-window-now-removed-view-through-to-new-bedroom-floor and through to hall below

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left-side-of-house-tiles-stripped-under-supervision-of-a-bat-licensed-ecologist

left-and-front-stripped-of-tiles

left-and-front-stripped-of-tiles

right-side-of-house-tiles-all-stripped-off

right-side-of-house-tiles-all-stripped-off

view-of-stripped-roof-from-left

view-of-stripped-roof-from-left

view-into-house-over-old-porch

view-into-house-over-old-porch

view-of-what-will-be-new-bedroom-floor

view-of-what-will-be-new-bedroom-floor

view-through-gap-that-will-be-middle-window-in-the-bedroom

view-through-gap-that-will-be-middle-window-in-the-bedroom

view-through-gap-which-will-be-new-ensuite-bathroom-window

view-through-gap-which-will-be-new-ensuite-bathroom-window

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top-of-roof-now-to-compare-later-when-new-roof-is-on

view-from-front-through-to-house-from-scaffolding-of-the-inside-where-the-old-balcony-has-been-removed

view-from-front-through-to-house-from-scaffolding-of-the-inside-where-the-old-balcony-has-been-removed

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gap-from-below-seen-in-previous-pictures-as-light-shining-through-from-house

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tiles-all-stacked-to-be-reused-for-new-roof

tiles-all-stacked-to-be-reused-for-new-roof-down-side-of-scaffolding

tiles-all-stacked-to-be-reused-for-new-roof-down-side-of-scaffolding

Day 141 – Thursday 26th January 2017 – phase 2

Day 141 – Thursday 26th January 2017 – phase 2

A very important day for the build – the huge new steel beams lifted into the correct position, more scaffolding going up, a 2 day job with 4 men to create a canopy right over the house, which will mean that work is not so weather dependent and the house will be more protected when the roof comes off.  Also from phase 1, air vents over flat utility room roof going in, to try and allow air to flow and to stop build up of condensation.

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High Ab Crane for lifting the Steel Beams

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Pre-preparation of crane, house and roof, and the beams

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Steels on the grass ready for lift onto roof and final position

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Steel beams with slings

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Supporting stand for crane

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Steel beams showing their full size and length

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Beams propped up ready for lift by crane

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Builder now cutting into roof, where tiles have been removed previously, for beam to inserted onto a prepared strengthened area on an existing original wall of the house

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Crane begins lift via radio control, operator in high viz jacket whilst the other builder controls the direction of the beam using an attached guide rope

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Beam is lifted

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direction still controlled by rope

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beam rising

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First beam going up

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Beam going up pic 2

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beam-going-up-3

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Beam going up pic 4

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Beam going up pic 5

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Beam going up pic 6

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Beam going up pic 7

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Beam going up pic 8

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manoeuvring beam

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beam going into position

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view of crane

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Beam going up pic 9 – wrong angle – beam has to be readjusted

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Steel beam has to be repositioned as scaffolding is preventing the beam from locating in its correct position in the roof

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Beam being manoeuvred over scaffolding

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Beam being manoeuvred

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beam now at correct angle to be manoeuvred into position

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close up

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manoeuvring beam

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manoeuvred-into-position-1

maneouvred-into-position-2

manoeuvred-into-position-2

maneouvred-into-position-3

manoeuvred-into-position-3

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First beam in place

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Pictures from scaffolding of the first beam in place – pic 2

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first-beam-in-place-pic-3

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first-beam-in-place-pic-4

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beam 2 to go here

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preparing-roof-for-beam-2

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Second beam being craned in

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second-beam-being-craned-in-pic-3

second-beam-being-craned-in-pic-4

second-beam-being-craned-in-pic-4

second-beam-being-craned-in

second-beam-being-craned-in

second-beam-being-craned-in-pic-5

second-beam-being-craned-in-pic-5

second-beam-going-into-position-pic-2

second-beam-going-into-position

second beam in position

second beam in position

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different view of beam 2

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Two new steel beams in place under new scaffolding

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two-new-steel-beams-in-place-pic-3

two-new-steel-beams-in-place-pic-2

two-new-steel-beams-in-place-pic-2

steel-beam-number-2-in-position

steel-beam-number-2-in-position

steel-beam-number-2-in-position-pic-2

steel-beam-number-2-in-position-pic-2

More scaffolding going up to create a canopy over house

scaffolders

scaffolding  arrives

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scaffolders-move-truck-to-driveway -2-days-construction-ahead

scaffold

scaffold unloading

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unloading scaffolding

scaffolders-and-one-ton-water-containers-to-hold-scaffolding-and-canopy-securely

scaffolders-and-one-ton-water-containers-to-hold-scaffolding-and-canopy-securely

next-phase-of-scaffolding-with-water-container-1-ton-weights

next-phase-of-scaffolding-with-water-container-1-ton-weights

new-scaffolding-going-up-to-cover-house

new-scaffolding-going-up-to-cover-house

new-scaffolding-going-up-to-cover-house-pic-3

new-scaffolding-going-up-to-cover-house-pic-3

new-scaffolding-going-up-to-cover-house-pic-2

new-scaffolding-going-up-to-cover-house-pic-2

water-containers-to-act-as-weights-to-keep-canopy-and-scaffolding-secure

water-containers-to-act-as-weights-to-keep-canopy-and-scaffolding-secure

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Phase 1 the fibre-glass-roof-and-new-condensation-vents-to try to eliminate damp patches on utility ceiling

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fibre-glass-roof-and-new-condensation-vents

pointing-on-roof-tiles-over-new-kitchen

Phase 1 pointing-on-roof-tiles-over-new-kitchen

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view-of-new-kitchen-roof-in-red-beyond-scaffolding

steel-beam-number-1-from-inside-house-pic-2

steel-beam-number-1-from-inside-house-pic-2

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steel-beam-number-1-from-inside-house

 

 

Day 137 – Sunday 22nd January 2017 – back to phase 1

Day 137 – Sunday 22nd January 2017 – back to phase 1 – near completion of the new family bathroom

Fitments all in place, door needs painting or varnishing and also handle required.

Interesting to compare it with how it used to look in September 2016.  See the transformation below.

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Small bedroom to new bathroom

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small bedroom

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rubble-to-be-removed-from-old-bedroom

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old-bedroom-cleared-of-rubble-and-window-removed

drilling-and-loosening-brick-work-in-new-doorway-before-inserting-2-new-lintels

drilling-and-loosening-brick-work-in-new-doorway-before-inserting-2-new-lintels

new-doorway-cut-into-old-bedroom-which-will-be-new-bathroom-picture-taken-from-utility-side

new-doorway-cut-into-old-bedroom-which-will-be-new-bathroom-picture-taken-from-utility-side

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Spot Marcus, our plumber, in a very tight spot, under the floor in the new bathroom

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new-bathroom-pipework-for-shower

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plasterboarding-new-bathroom-beam-boxed-in

new-bathroom-wood-floor-laid-first

New family bathroom Old doorway from old bedroom to hall now plaster boarded over. Then new bathroom floor is laid. First a wooden flooring is laid and marked with a grid.

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some-floor-tiles-and-wall-tiles-laid-in-new-bathroom

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progress-in-new-bathroom-shower-boards-up-bath-fitted-shower-fitted

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New Family Bathroom

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New Family bathroom – right hand side

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new-family-bathroom-picture-3

Day 135 and 136 – Friday 20th January and Saturday 21st January 2017 – phase 2

Day 135 and 136 – Friday 20th January and Saturday 21st January 2017 – phase 2

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men-at-work-day-135

centre-window

centre-window

new-concrete-window-sill

new-concrete-window-sill

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progress-day-135

small-beam-over-new-window-opening

small-beam-over-new-window-opening

view-from-left-hand-side

view-from-left-hand-side

view-of-new-window-openings-and-small-steel-support-above-new-window

view-of-new-window-openings-and-small-steel-support-above-new-window

view-of-new-window-openings-from-right-hand-side

view-of-new-window-openings-from-right-hand-side

view-through-to-bedroom-from-scaffolding

view-through-to-bedroom-from-scaffolding

view-of-new-window-openings-from-second-level-of-scaffolding

view-of-new-window-openings-from-second-level-of-scaffolding

view-of-new-window-openings-from-scaffolding

view-of-new-window-openings-from-scaffolding

Part of phase 1 being completed, the outside rendering of the new kitchen, Friday and Saturday

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new-tyrolean-render-applied-today

new-tyrolean-render-applied-side-of-new-kitchen

new-tyrolean-render-applied-side-of-new-kitchen