Brick skin starts to go up

Sidney's picture of the house
Sidney’s picture of the house

A busy start to the week with lots of activity, it has also been very cold. However my mood was lifted significantly by the arrival of the first piece of artwork to adorn the new walls. Sidney drew his grandad a picture of the site which he enjoys visiting so much. Notable inclusions are the scaffolding and chemical toilet! Apparently he is aware that the boiler isn’t working yet but the smoke from the chimney is to show the boiler is installed.

Jimmy & Bryan arrived on Monday morning and are cracking on with the brick skin to the house.

The brickwork starts on a cold and frosty morning
The brickwork starts on a cold and frosty morning

The first layer on the corbel are the insulating blocks which complete the layer of insulation which encircles the entire basement and foundations. This will mean once all of the concrete has dried out and warmed up it will help to maintain an even temperature in the building.

Insulating blocks go down first
Insulating blocks go down first

Meanwhile Stuart, the electrician, is still busy on the first fix and I have started laying all the data and AV cables.

Building Control Inspector

My progress has been a little slowed by the visitors to site this week. Importantly on Friday the building control officer visited and approved all the works to date.  He will next return when the building is complete and I have all of the certificates required for sign-off of the building.

Other visitors this week included on Monday Angie and her very good friends and neighbours РDawn and Craig.

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Wednesday my old school friends visited en mass followed by a trip to the Bull. Friday Angie and her great friends from the Chalfonts – Linda and Andrew visited. I am beginning to rival Basildon House as a local visitor attraction! Back to some serious work next week.

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