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.
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.