18 – Barn Conversion – Week 14

| 21st October 2015 | 0 Comments

Week 14 – 19th to 23rd October

Barn Conversion – Summary of Monday through Friday

Andy and Joe took down the West End gable of the Barn on Friday; most of the week will be spent making repairs to joints and then rebuilding the roof and barn hip; this will require a new purlin, principle rafter and collar joint plus new rafters.

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak roof structure - West Gable end removed

The West Gable end of the Oak Barn has been removed to enable repairs

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak roof structure - West Gable end removed

The West Gable end of the Oak Barn has been removed to enable repairs

 

They first set about repairing the corner post/eaves plate joint which was non-existent.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Corner repair

Corner eaves/post joint repaired

 

Once this is completed they will replace all the softwood studs to the gable end with Oak.  Joe sets about preparing the plate to receive the studs;  Andy makes a start on the joints of the purlin, principle rafter and collar.

 

Later they both work together on the joints.

 

 

 


As mentioned before Andy and Joe have been slowly righting the structure using ratchet straps. This has resulted in a movement of about 80mm.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Andy Feaver adjusting ratchet straps

Andy Feaver adjusting the Ratchet straps which are being used to straighten the Oak structure

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Ratchet straps being used to strighten the structure

The SE Elevation of the Oak Barn with ratchet straps being used to straighten the structure

 

A further 100mm is required and to achieve this they use an acro-prop braced against the scaffold and wind it up with a sledge hammer. Bingo! The building is upright for probably the first time in 100 years. It has creaked and groaned, a bit like an old man with a curved back being put on a rack and straightened out. It took about 7 days of slowly applying pressure for the structure to give way. Now all the joints can be repaired and reinforced so that when the roof goes back on the force will be vertical with no sideways movement.

Now the braces can be put back with any holes in the joints filled with Oak to prevent any movement.

Andy and Joe continue their good work throughout the week

Here are some general photos showing the roof structure form several angles:

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak roof structure

The oak roof structure pictured from the scaffold – NW Elevation

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak roof structure

The SE elevation of the oak barn structure pictured from the scaffold

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak roof structure

The oak roof structure pictured from the scaffold – SE Elevation

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak roof structure

The internal oak roof structure pictured from the scaffold

 

Dan is carrying on with the SE Elevation brickwork. Colin comes in on Monday and Tuesday to help and good progress is made.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Brickwork

Dan checking the level of the newly re-built brickwork to the SE Elevation

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Brickwork

The newly built brickwork adjacent to the side extension

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Brickwork

The brickwork to the SE corner

 

In between mixing up the mortar for Dan, Colin tidied up behind Andy and Joe and also took down the bowing and leaning brickwork the SE Elevation of the Side Extension. Dan will re-build this at the  same time as creating the new window opening and closing up the door.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Brickwork to Side extension prior to removal

The gable end of the side extension prior to removal

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Brickwork to Side extension after removal

The gable end of the side extension after removal

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Gable end of Side elevation removed

Colin after he has removed the bricks from the side extension gable end

 

Here is a photo showing the SE Elevation brick and block work from a high level.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - View of SE Elevation brick and block from high level

View of the SE Elevation brick and block

Next week Dan will be carrying out the alterations to the side extension which will include blocking up a door to create a window to serve both the en-suite and the master bedroom, cutting an opening for a pair of French doors and blocking up another door whilst creating a window opening next door. He will also knock down a section of the wall to create the doorway from the bedroom to the stairs that lead to the living room.

 

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