More a half a house construction than just AV!

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  1. jenam93

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    Ok, so I have talked about my planned build in a few threads, but I am finally there and work started Monday just gone.

    It's a big build so will take a fair few months.

    I want to take daily photo's but this will not always be possible and at present the family are living in rented accommodation with no internet access so it may be a while between posts (other than what I can get away with at work ;))

    I have a lot of stuff to choose for wiring, decorating, finishing etc and this will be a long old slog, but hopefully it will turn out right :lease:

    But here are some floor plans for starters.
     

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    Did you use an architect for the new plans?
     
  3. jenam93

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    Aye we talked with a lot of people about designs, layout etc plus had some restrictions by the council and design adjustments due to party wall difficulties.

    What we ended up with works for us which is the main thing.
     
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    Why the downstairs shower? Is the playroom also a guest bedroom?

    Chris
     
  5. jenam93

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    Yes it is. 3 bedrooms upstairs for our 2 kids and us so the playroom can be used as a guest bedroom.

    Downstairs shower also useful when gardening and getting dirty as we have a large garden!
     
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    will enjoy watching this. I've been slowly renovating our house over the last 6 years and thanks to a long garden built a studio/cinema at the bottom of the garden.

    Good luck with the build and will look forward to seeing it progress!
     
  8. jenam93

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    I hate not having decent internet access. Another 1.5 weeks until that is sorted at the flat so apologies for the delayed update.

    Anyhow, Week 1 is over and was mainly taking down ceilings/floors, tracing and removing electrics and of course the start of demolition.

    Dining room without ceiling
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    Stairs are gone too
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    The kitchen is no more
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    No really, the kitchen is no more
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    We're going for the latest style of outdoor bathrooms!
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    I'm glad we're not living here still!
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    Love that floating kitchen window!
     
  10. jenam93

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    It wasn't there like that for long :)
     
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    Ok, so week 2 and the demolition continues.

    The supporting acro's are bolted to the floor and the roof.

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    Foundations started out having to be 1000mm.
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    But we were told we had to get down to ballast. This was almost 2000mm in some places :eek:
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    Fortunately there was space down the garden to get rid of the earth
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    There's a lot of earth though!
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    The things you could get away with in your own home! (Not my decor I hasten to add, it has been hidden behind a radiator for decades)
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    signing up to this thread. i love big renovations. keep the pics coming mate:thumbsup:
     
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    Looking forward to following this one.

    Good Luck gbcasual
     
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    :eek: think you need Nick Knowles and his team in asap before it all falls down...:D

    Thats one big project, best of luck and I will be keep an eye on this thread.
     
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    Can't wait to see how this comes along. Subscribed.

    Good luck :smashin:
     
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    Most of last week was preparing the ground ready for the concrete slab.

    Lots of hardcore, sand, damp proof membrane, mesh and concrete. Photo's all look alike really so just a couple.

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    The little square of bricks you see at the bottom of the image almost caused a disaster.

    After my working day I always go to the house to see what's been going on. Something did not seem right about the placement of this little brick square, which is the base of the engineering brick pier to hold the steels.

    It also helps define the size of both the kitchen and stairs areas but it seemed to me I would have really generous stairs and a poky kitchen, which would not be good!

    I queried with the builder on the phone and he was sure he had measured everything out right according to the plans, but it still didn't seem right to me.

    We met onsite early the next morning and worked out what had happened.

    Turns out the builder had measured everything out properly, marked out with lines so all good, then one of his lads had built on the wrong side of the line. :facepalm:

    Fortunately it was noticed early and did not take much time to rectify. Phew!

    Lots of rain today so not expecting much in the way of progress as it is the internal skin of blockwork that needs erecting :mad:
     
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    Well spotted with the builders mess up, that would of been a disaster in the making, Nice work so far :smashin:
     
  20. jenam93

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    As expected due to the weather, little achieved so far this week, but today it has been dry so far and I know a couple of extra labourers were on site this morning to help catch things up a little.

    Hopefully have some worthwhile pictures in the next day or few.

    Please keep dry! :lease:
     
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    Put extra earth in garden to save on grabber lorry to remove then?
     
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    Mate was looking at the pic, playhouse window, did the bricky use the same lad and his wonkey level for the support of the steels ? Lol, its looking good so far :) (and i see the play house window is now level) :)
     
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    Threadus neglectus.....apologies.

    Heading to Grand Designs Live tomorrow but hope to get some updated photo's up soon.

    As a teaser, ground floor block and brick work is done, steels are in place and joists/noggins across most of ground floor are done too.
     
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    Have a good one fella ,and let me know what to see and what to avoid please :)
     
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    Ok, apologies for the lack of updates. Been struggling trying to decide on, well everything that has to go in the house really.

    Each time we think we have it sussed, there's a doubt in the mind or something crops up to change it.

    Anyhow, latest pics for the playroom/utility area progression.

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    And the kitchen area.

    On the first picture, I noticed after some of the block work had gone up that the wall between the 2 windows seemed larger than I imagined it should be.

    We've always been a bit concerned whether the dining room corner would be dark so having a wall where the window should be was not going to help.

    We checked and the window openings were the right size but the brickwork in the far corner had been marked out incorrectly, probably using the internal corner length on the external side. Fortunately this was easily remedied as spotted at the right time but it just shows it is good to check stuff out!!


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    Dining room.

    The old chimney breast (that would have been on the left hand side towards the far corner) finally got taken out where the stairs are going to be.

    Impossible to show on a photo but it has really changed the whole feel of the area.

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    That's all the photo's for now but I will try and not leave it so long next time!
     
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    looking good mate , bloody stressful isn't it :(
     
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    Sure is. Been living with the family in a small rented place for 2 months and we were ready to go home after 2 weeks (Except someone had knocked half the house down in that time of course!)

    Got at least another couple of months I reckon, if not 3 more.

    Had a good kitchen design session today though so hoping the price doesn't come in too steep.
     
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    Best of luck with it all. It brings back a lot of memories to our build which was similar!

    You're right to keep checking everything- happened with our roof!

    Keep the faith though- it's a long slog but you forget about all he hassle once you're in!
     

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