Happy New Year

Angie and Jim outside the King's Chapel
Angie and Jim outside the King’s Chapel
Tim with Ann & Chris just before the wedding
Tim with Ann & Chris just before the wedding

New Year’s Eve was very special for us as my nephew finally married his partner of 14 years! Tim & Sam are a lovely couple and we were honoured to share their special day with so many of their friends and family

Tim with his beautiful bride Sam
Tim with his beautiful bride Sam

A very lively welcoming of 2016 ensued and most of us were a bit the worse for wear on New Year’s Day. Back home on the 2nd Jan and then work started in earnest with Martin here to help erect the Bat roost.

The main uprights installed
The main uprights installed
It took four of us to install the final high level beam
It took four of us to install the final high level beam

The Bat roost is an integral part of my gaining planning permission to build my new house. West Berks had requested a bat survey and two small samples of bat droppings had been found. I discussed the matter with their environmental officer and we reached agreement that I could build a car port with a bat roost in the roof space over it

Success !
Success !
Bat roost floor goes in
Bat roost floor goes in

 

 

The whole building was supplied as a kit by Solidlox  with the main timbers and cladding in Douglas Fir. Erection should be fairly straightforward so long as the concrete base is the right size!

The first six beams went up relatively easily but the back section was much more difficult due to the shear size of the timbers and their weight. Martin and I needed reinforcements to get the last bay in place – Jim and Ben coming down to help from Oxford Renewables.

Building the side walls on the ground
Building the side walls on the ground
Rear wall in place
Rear wall in place

Once the post and beams were in place the whole structure started to lock together. Then it was a question of building the walls and inserting them into the spaces in between the posts and beams.

Lets hope the January weather stays dry and mild so that we can get the rest of walls and roof in place for the bats to arrive in the spring!

 

 

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