17 – Barn Conversion – Week 13

| 12th October 2015 | 0 Comments

Maddomswood Barn Conversion

Week 13 – 12th to 16th October

I feel a huge sense of relief this morning; up until this point we have been under a great deal of pressure to complete the ground works, foundations and brickwork in time to meet the programme date for the erection of the scaffold and the repair of the Oak Structure.

Andy and Joe have 5/6 weeks to complete the Oak repairs and this cannot be rushed.

The brickwork is underway and, after the large South East Elevation has been completed early this week, I will be reducing the workforce from Dan & Rick plus Colin to just Dan; the remaining brickwork can be completed by one brickie mixing his own mortar; by reducing the labour I will be more able to control cost & productivity.

Monday

Rick and Dan carry on with the Brickwork and Andy and Joe are working their way through the list of Oak repairs.

The 19000 nib tiles will be arriving this morning. I have made sure that they have clear access and enough space to off load.

The tiles arrive and I ask for them to be put in a single line so I can open each pallet to remove a some tiles to check against the sample tiles I was given some weeks ago. I place some on top of each crate and a few in front.

14 crates are unloaded with the balance plus fittings to be delivered on Tuesday. I was given an invoice and as agreed I wrote a cheque for the total and gave it to the driver.

I get out the jet washer to give the samples the expected clean and ask Colin to spray all the tiles I have leant up against the crates by the end of the day.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex nib tiles in crates

12000 nib tiles delivered in 14 crates.

 

Tuesday

Oh dear!!….the tiles are as dirty as when they arrived. Colin gave them a good going over but they are still black and will never clean. The sample I was given cleaned very easily so there must have been a mistake at the suppliers.

Here is a picture showing my sample on the right and the black ‘you cant clean me’ tile on the left:

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex nib tile samples

The sample nib tile is on the left. The rejected tile is on the left.

 

I called the supplier D and T tiles to say that I cannot accept these tiles and sent them an e-mail with pictures of the tiles alongside the sample as above.

They were very good and accepted there had been an error in the yard. I had been given a sample of a tile that they only had a few thousand of. They tried to offer me another tile but it was the wrong colour so unfortunately all the tiles would have to go back.

I cancelled the cheque and made a few calls to find another 19000 tiles.

I called 3 reclamation yards plus Tudor tiles and Jewsons. All have promised to provide me with samples by Monday.

Wednesday

I am not on site today as I have injured my foot.

I call Andy and he asks that I arrange for a labourer for Monday to clear the scaffold of rubbish and Pigeon droppings. Sorted!

Dan and Rick carry on with the brickwork and have to mix up their own mortar. They are building up corners so this will not reduce productivity.

Thursday

I cant keep away even though the doctor said I should rest.

I go to site to meet the labourer and set him up cleaning the scaffold etc.

Andy and Joe have completed the repairs of the plates and studs at low level and will be making a start on the West End Gable on Friday.

 

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

Stud and plate repairs to internal dwarf wall

 

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

Stud and plate repairs to internal dwarf wall

 

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

Stud and plate repairs to external dwarf wall

 

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

Stud and plate repairs to external dwarf wall

 

They have installed the ratchet straps around the principle posts that need to be straightened. This video shows the straps which they will tighten over the next week a few mm at a time until the posts are up right. The first ratchet moved the post 30mm.

Friday

My last day of resting my feet. I arrive on site to see how things are going and am pleased to see that Andy and Joe have started to take down the West End Gable.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure repairs - West End Gable repairs

The West Gable end of the barn prior to repair


There are major works required in this area. As you can see from the picture below there were many additional supports installed with some steel reinforcement where the ties meet the eaves.

 

The West Gable end of the barn with modern additions prior to repair

The West Gable end of the barn with modern additions prior to repair

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure repairs - West End Gable repairs

West end Gable of Maddomswood Oak Barn prior to repair with White Doves in residence

 

All of the additions are to be removed and after repairs are made to the principle rafter, purlin and collar, new oak studs and posts can be re-instated.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure repairs - West End Priniciple rafter,pulin and collar before repair

West End of Barn, Bay 1, Principle rafter/purlin/collar joint in need of repair

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure repairs - West End Priniciple rafter,pulin and collar before repair

West End of Barn, Bay 1, Principle rafter/purlin/collar joint in need of repair

 

Dan is on his own today working on the brickwork. He is making steady progress. All brickwork to the South East Elevation needs to be finished by Wednesday next week. Then the repairs to the Side Extension can begin.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Brickwork

The newly built brickwork adjacent to the side extension

 

Rick didn’t turn up today to finish the plinth to the milking parlour. This is annoying as he has only completed half the job and also it was to be his last day and I wanted to say thank you for all his efforts. I was going to buy him a big breakfast and give him a little bonus. It is a shame he couldn’t stay to finish what he had started.

This has been a good week.  The Oak repairs are going very well. The Brickwork is progressing steadily.

 

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