Groundworks nearing completion

Sidney hard at work
Sidney hard at work

Last weekend Sidney and James came over to help with the installation of the rainwater harvesting tank. Sid brought his wheelbarrow and trowel and made lots of “cement”.

Preparing the pit
Preparing the pit
Lowering the bottom half of the tank into the pit
Lowering the bottom half of the tank into the pit

James finished the job off! The tank will contain 4,800 liters of rainwater when full. This will be used to flush the loos, for the laundry and to irrigate the garden.Rainwater tank-5  During the week the last major part of the groundworks was started – the floor slab for the part of the house which doesn’t have the basement underneath it.

Preparing the shuttering
Preparing the shuttering

The ground was blinded with sand then the waterproof membrane laid. 160cms of styrodur inslulation was put down before the reinforcing steel placed on top.

Laying the mebrane
Laying the membrane
Insulation in place
Insulation in place

 

2 layers of steel mesh
2 layers of steel mesh

 

 

At this point the building control inspector was called in to check on the workmanship, and ensure everything was in place before the concrete was poured. He did spot a few minor issues which will be corrected as he walked around the site but said he didn’t need to come again until the timber frame had been erected. Phew!

Hard work pouring the concrete
Hard work levelling the concrete
The concrete lorry arives
The concrete lorry arrives

Eventually the slab was finished – 10.5 cubic metres of reinforced concrete nearly 300mm deep.

The completed slab
The completed slab

There are a few small jobs to be completed, but the footprint of the house is now clear and the timber frame can be fitted. unfortunately delays mean that the timber frame will not be installed until the end of next month. So I have some time to catch up on the planning and purchasing side of things and perhaps a few rounds of golf.

2 thoughts on “Groundworks nearing completion”

  1. You look to be making excellent progress, really impressive. Meanwhile, with congratulations all round to a very productive Dowling family, we hope to pay you a visit as soon as we are straight at home.
    Love, M&M

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