Thursday 5th January 2012
With the winter weather becoming colder and wetter the priority has been to get the building completely waterproofed.
To get the barn style look, externally, the Wickhambrook features a brick plinth that runs around the perimeter of the building under the weatherboarding. The brickwork looks great thanks to Trevor Pryor of Pryor Construction who has used a white cement bond which really sets off the multi colour of the bricks.
The only thing that remains to be done is to lay a ‘plinth stretcher’ on top of the plinth. This is a brick with a side that slopes back up towards the timber cladding. Lead is then dressed behind the bottom lengths of the cladding board and onto the brick to give a weather tight detail.
Meanwhile, Yeoman Rainguard has supplied and fitted some fantastic zinc guttering which is not only striking to look at but is totally maintenance free thanks to its natural corrosion resistant properties.
Often the landscaping work is the last thing on the self builders’ list of things to do, but in order to meet the requirements laid down under Lifetime Homes and to get the credits needed to achieve Code Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, we need to start planning now. As such we have brought in Marshalls Landscaping Products who have put together some designs for us.
At the moment there is over a foot drop from the door of the property to the ground level which needs to be raised. Making the property wheel chair accessible is a key part of the design criteria laid down in Lifetime Homes so Marshalls designs include a patio area with a slope down to the ground level at the front of the property.
Inside, all the insulation has been put into the walls, but before the walls could have the plasterboard fixed, Anglian Water had to come in and inspect the property to make sure that all the rainwater harvesting pipes were correctly marked.
With rainwater harvesting systems becoming increasingly popular, new standards are being set for fitting in order to avoid cross contamination between water sources. As such, all the pipes throughout the house have to be marked with green and black tape at 500mm intervals so that the rainwater harvesting pipes are clearly differentiated from fresh water pipes.
Once that was done and the work was signed off by Anglian Water, the plasterboard fixing and jointing could start. Normally this would take 3-4 weeks, but for a property as large as 2,800 sq ft with many vaulted areas, the work will take the full 4 weeks.
There are three different types of plasterboard being used on the walls of this house, a standard 12.5mm ivory coloured board, a blue sound block board and a green board in the bathroom areas which is water resistant, all of which have been supplied, fixed and jointed by our approved dry-lining specialists, JT Bevann Ltd. Once this goes on, the rooms really start to take shape.
By next month, the house will be completely water tight and the scaffolding will come down to reveal the house in all its glory. Internally, we will be getting ready to start the second fix work which will mean installing the kitchens, bathrooms and fitting all the joinery supplied by Potton including the skirting boards and the staircase. This will mean getting ProHeat back to do the pipework for the underfloor heating and after that, bringing in Screedflow to lay the screed on both the groundfloor and first floor of the property. At that stage the inside of the property is like a blank canvas with floors and walls finished ready for the fitters to install the bathroom and kitchen.
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