16 – Barn Conversion – Week 12

| 12th October 2015 | 0 Comments

Maddomswood Barn Conversion

Week 12 – 5th – 9th of October

Monday

It’s Monday and it is raining….again!

Today is one of my Bench Mark days…today Andy Feaver and Joe arrive to start the work to the Oak Structure.

 

Andy Feaver and Joe from A Feaver Carpentry

Andy and Joe arrive on site to repair the Oak structure

It will be a slow start as they will first meet the engineer to go over the repair and renewal schedule and then go with me to Authentic Reclamation to pick out the Oak timbers we will need against my cutting list. These will then be delivered to site this afternoon and on Tuesday morning.

Dan has made himself very comfortable in the digger and is tasked with finishing the septic drainage field followed by digging the pit and laying the pipework for the Rainwater Soakaway.

Rick sets about repairing the Milking Parlour plinth which requires raking out the old failed mortar and removing the concrete and broken stone elements before installing new stone with the lime mortar mix we are using everywhere.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure repairs - stone plinth repairs

Rick has raked out the old ready for the new stone

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure repairs - stone plinth repairs

Rick has raked out the old ready for the new stone

 

The scaffolders haven’t finished as they said they would. This isn’t so much of a problem as we can work elsewhere. They promise to have the tin roof on and the whole scaffold wrapped with Mono-Flex sheeting by lunchtime tomorrow.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure repairs - scaffolding

The scaffold part completed

 

The Oak has been delivered by Authentic Reclamation and is now laid out in the Barn and milking parlour.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure repairs - oak delivered

The selected Oak for the repairs has arrived – here are the short stud/rafter section

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure repairs - oak delivered

The selected Oak for the repairs has arrived – here are the longer stud/rafter sections

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure repairs - oak delivered

The selected Oak for the repairs has arrived – here are the large timbers for the beams, collars, ties and posts

 

Tuesday

The scaffolders are here and are aiming to finish by lunchtime.

Whilst the sun shines Rick will spend his time repairing the brick plinth.

Dan is in the digger and is still finishing the drainage field and Soakaway. No fault of his; we have been hampered by the weather. Today has to be the last day…we are very over budget.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak barn conversion septic tank drainage field

The Septic Tank Drainage Field is nearing completion

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak barn conversion septic tank drainage field

The Septic Tank Drainage Field has now been completed

 

Andy and Joe are making steady progress with the Oak Repairs; they have replaced the plate and most of the studs to the North West Elevation

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure repairs - plate and studs

Andy and Joe make a start on the repairs to the plate and studs to the NW Elevation

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure repairs - stud repairs

The oak studs have now been installed on to the new plate

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure repairs - beam and principle post joint repair at mid-level

The beam and corner principle post have been made ready for the new sections of Oak

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure repairs - beam and post joint repair

The beam and corner principle post with new sections of Oak installed and fixed

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure repairs - beam joint

This beam has been cut ready to be slotted onto another section – note the dowel hole

 

Wednesday

The scaffolders did well on Tuesday; the tin roof is on but they have had to return to finish the sheeting that will protect the Barn from the elements.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Scaffolding

Scaffolding part completed – sheeting still to be down

 

UK Power Networks are back today to complete the alterations to the farm supply and to finish the connecting of the new supply to the barn. My contractor, Electricare Ltd, arrived at 8.00am to extend the existing farm service to the new Meter Kiosk position and to also re-locate our builder’s supply. All works were completed by 12.30.

Dan will spend the best part of the day using the digger to tidy the site which has become very muddy. He will use the large flat bucket to scrape the concrete. He will also backfill the open trenches once UKPN finish the connections.

Thursday

This is a great day and another one of my benchmarks…we have finished installing the Utilities and 90% of the ground works has been completed – always the horrible part of any project; is now time to build the South East Elevation walls which will house the Main Entrance Hall, Bi-Folding Oak Doors and the Study.

Dan and Rick with Colin acting as labourer set about laying the Thermalite blocks to eaves plate height; I have confirmed the window/door locations and sizes and explained that the entrance hall will have an internal skin of brick and not blocks; the hall will ooze character as the walls will be a combination of brick /Oak with Oak Rafters,a stone floor and atmospheric lighting.

By the end of the day the block work is 90% complete.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - block work to the upper level of the SE Elevation

Dan and Rick start the block work to the upper level of the SE Elevation

 

 

Friday

Today Dan, Rick & Colin finished the block work and made a start on the brick work.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - block work to the upper level of the SE Elevation

The block work to the upper level of the SE Elevation

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - facing brickwork to the entrance hall

The brickwork to the upper level of the SE Elevation – internal skin of entrance hall

 

Andy and Joe have continued their good work on the Oak Structure.

I take them for breakfast to say thanks for a good week.

The 19000 roof tiles plus fittings are due to be delivered on Monday so I make sure that there is space for all the crates – 22 in number – to be unloaded.

A very satisfying end to a good week

 

CLICK HERE FOR NEXT POST IN SERIES

 

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Category: Construction Phase, Maddomswood Barn, My Projects, Property Developing

About the Author ()

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *