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Taking you through the process of preparing the land and building a pre-fabricated house.

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Thu 10th & Fri 11th October – External Drainage

Site Protection - External Drainage

There are a lot of natural sources around this area and we decided that to protect the house from being water-logged a french drain was needed. We purchase 50 metres of yellow drainage tube (150mm diameter) plus 6 tonnes of large gravel to create the french drain. A trench was dug to the south and east of the house on the edge of the plot, the tube was laid and overfilled with the gravel. No doubt this will be tested over the winter.

In addition to this drain work an extra section of large drain (300mm) was added to the pond drain installed at the beginning of the year. This is to connect through to the drainage ditch on the west boundary of the property. The trench was back-filled to save anyone falling down the trench (even though they should not be near the work).

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Wed 9th October – External Walls

Wrapping the Exterior Walls

Continuing to get ready for winter. I know I go on about this stuff but this membrane has made a big difference in weatherproofing buildings, the house will now be watertight and ventilated. And it works no signs of any water leaks even after a big storm we have had since the house was wrapped. Windows are due for delivery in mid November these will be installed in my absence, fingers crossed.

Now to start the site clear up and putting things away for the winter.

Next update should be after the windows are installed.

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Mon 7th & Tue 8th October – Roof Phase II

Getting Ready For Winter – Roof and Exterior Walls

Time to get ready for winter. I plan to be in the USA over winter (it’s too cold over here for me) so we are wrapping the house in breathable roofing membrane to keep the house weather proof. We are using hand staplers with 10mm staples and lots of them. We also added wood batons along the eves and verges to stop the wind getting under the membrane

I tried to use a power stapler but it was cumbersome to use, 

This membrane has made a big difference in weatherproofing buildings, the house will now be watertight and ventilated. And it seems to be working.

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Thursday 3rd October – Membrane Wrapping

Test Run For Membrane Wrapping

So I was bored and decided to have a go at wrapping the house before Tony came on site. I actually got a “good work” compliment. This was the easy bit the levels above are much harder to achieve and would need two of us,

It is important to start the wrap at the bottom level as it ensures that water runs over joints and not into the joint.

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Mon 2nd to Wed 4th September - Final Roof Panels (Nearly)

Mon 2nd to Wed 4th September – Final Roof Panels (Nearly)

The Final Roof Panels

We’re nearly there. All but the final two roof panel sections are now in place. Unfortunately there is a minor issue with fitting those final two sections; they would extend beyond the East wall further than expected. This, as a result, would have implications for fitting the metal roof panels, the next stage.

So, time for a break on site and await Michael’s return to France prior to the week commencing 16th September.

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Mon 26th & Fri 30th August - Another Box Ticked

Mon 26th & Fri 30th August – Another Box Ticked

Monday - Internal Walls - En-suite Bathroom

The final panels for the en-suite bathroom are in place; the internal walls are now complete.

Friday - More Roof Panels

Onto the last stretch of the main structural build. Three more sections added to the roof. As you can see in the gallery below there are two roof panels joined together to form a section before being lifted by crane and fixed on the build.

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Wed 7th & Thu 8th August - More Roof Panels

Wed 7th & Thu 8th August – More Roof Panels

Roof Stage 1 - Roof Panels

A couple of days on site for Tony, continuing with the process of piecing together an upper and lower roof panel before lifting and fixing on the build. Four new sections, 2 either side, now in place.u00a0

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Thursday 25th July - The First Roof Panels

Thursday 25th July – The First Roof Panels

Roof Stage 1 - Roof Panels

With the temperature a little more comfortable today, we could finally make a start on the roof. The planning last week paid off – we created single sections (of upper & lower panels) which could be lifted and positioned before fixing in place. The process worked well so hopefully there will be no issues adding the remaining panels / sections.

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Time for a Break

Tomorrow I head back to the UK for a few days before travelling on to the USA to catch up with other business. Tony will be continuing with the roof and then adding the final internal walls over the next week or so in readiness for my return toward the end of August / early September.

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Wednesday 17th July - East Top Tier

Wednesday 17th July – South Top Tier

Completing the South Wall

Today we finished the top tier of the south wall completing the main outer structure. We are now ready to put the roof panels in place next week.

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Gallery II - Room(s) with a View

Potential window views over the vines… (try to picture it without the remaining woodwork, a truck & a digger!)

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Tuesday 16th July - West Top Tier

Tuesday 16th July – North Top Tier

Completing The North Wall

We had to cut one of the spare panels that was delivered on Saturday to make two new panels and viola we have windows now in the right position.

We could then finish the top tier with no further issues.

Final Roof Beams

Today we also fitted the two centre roof beams.

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