The aim of the project is to extend the rear of the property, using some of the generous garden length to creat more space for a larger kitchen and utility room, and to add a games room.
22nd January 2020
The kitchen is now being fitted. At this stage base units have been put in place allowing us to fine tune the installation to fit the space. The carcasses go in pretty quickly, but then need to be carefully leveled in. Kitchens always seem to fly in to start with but it’s all the little bits that take the time.
The dried plaster has recieved a couple of mist coats, the cieling is finsihed and the walls have had their first top coat. We like to get a top coat on early, before the kitchen is fitted, as it means that all areas are painted, even the ones behind units etc. It also means less chance of getting paint on the newly fitted kitchen. We will hold off on the final coat to pick up any snags and damages done while other works are being carried out, so that the customer is left with a perfect paint job.
The screed floor has been laid in the extension, which brings the floor level up to almost finished floor level. You can’t see it in the pictures but there is 100mm of insulation under the screed, 150mm of insulation in the cieling and even insulation in the internal walls, so the clients will stay toasty!
The walls and cieling are boarded, ready for plastering. This is an exciting time in the build, you really start to get a sense of what the final space will be like. It also hides all the pipework and cabling, which makes everything much tidier.
21st December 2019
The roof is on and the windows have been fitted, which means this project is now waterproof. You can see a small gap underneath the windows which will be filled with a “tile crease” window sill to match the existing windows. Small touches like this bring the building together and make sure you’re left with an extension that looks like it’s always been there.
Having the site waterproof allowed us to start working on the internals, and take down the temporary walls which were built to keep the elements out of the home while the extension was being built. The plumbing and electrical first fix have been carried out.
31st October 2019
The brickwork is going up fast. You can see the internal skin built from concrete blocks and the external brickwork skin, with cavity insulation in between.
In the second picture you can see the scaffolding which allows us to safely reach the higher levels of brickwork, which is especially important on this project as the ground falls steeply, making even a single storey quite high. The scaffolding will stay in place until the roof is on.
19th October 2019
The walls have been built up to damp proof course level (refered to as “DPC”) and the majority of the block and beam flooring has been laid.
The advantages of block and beam flooring
Block and beam flooring is a great choice for a number of reasons. It’s cost effective even though the materials are relatively expensive compareed to timber, because it’s very quick to install.
It’s also a very solid way of building. It completely eliminates floor bounce associated with traditional building styles, and you also remove any chance of speaky floorboards!
Block and beam floors can be used for upper floors, and are still a great choice. They give the build a level of flexibility, because they can take higher loads, allowing solid walls to be built upstairs. They have better accoustic insulation, and they don’t burn so they can contain fires, limiting the damage before it can be put out.
15th October 2019
The foundations are solid, allowing the lads to start setting out their brickwork. The stringlines in the picture are set up to ensure the blockwork stays perfectly strait and square, quite important considering all the brickwork will be built off of it! The blocks you can see here will be under the finished ground height, eveyrthing on show will be nice matching brickwork. The reason we start with blockwork is that they are much stronger, and being larger they are faster to lay. You can also see that the corner of the house has been “toothed out” which is where bricks are removed to allow the new brickwork to tie in with the old, ready for the new walls to start being built.
6th October 2019
The rear porch has been demolished and the majority of the rubble has been removed (some has been retained and will be used as “hardcore” in the later stages of the build). The foul drainage has been excavated and installed, then covered over in pea shingle ready for the trench to be closed up. The manholes have been surrounded with concrete to hold them in the correct position.