21 – Barn Conversion – Week 17 part 1

| 9th November 2015 | 0 Comments

Week 17 – 9th – 13th of November

Barn Conversion – Monday and Tuesday

Last weekend was busy as you will have read in the previous post; all the Oak structure and brickwork was cleaned along with the trusses in the side extension and milking parlour.

Once cleaned by BR Holland , Nick Teasel from South East Timber Treatment applied a woodworm insecticide. It is always worth applying a treatment when a structure is naked; every face can be treated and there is the benefit of an insurance backed guarantee. Nick was great as he carried out this work at the weekend so the site didn’t need to be shut. As I said before, top bloke.

 

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure following sand blasting - cleaning

Oak structure following sand blasting – cleaning

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Oak structure following sand blasting - cleaning

Oak structure following sand blasting – cleaning

 

Monday

I have arranged for the birdcage scaffold to be struck today. Steve from Heathfield Scaffolding arrived with his team at 0800 and the scaffold was gone by 0930…amazing. This meant that Dan could move from the parlour to the barn and start breaking up the slab earlier than expected.

 

 

Andy and Joe were going to have a busy couple of weeks….to keep to programme they would need to complete the following:

  • take delivery of 45no air dried oak rafters and 8no air dried oak plate sections
  • cut the wall plates to size and fix to the newly built SE Elevation walls
  • install the 45no rafters
  • install the Oak stud ‘triangle walls’ on the plates and below the rafters
  • trim out the barn roof to receive the conservation roof lights
  • finish the stud repair / renewal at mid level

The rafters and plates arrived and they were laid out on bearers adjacent to the side extension; they would be moved into the extension later where they would remain dry and be cut to size as required.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Air dried oak wall plates laid out after delivery

Air dried oak wall plates ready to be cut and fixed to top of SE Elevation wall

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Air dried oak rafters laid out after delivery

Air Dried Oak Rafters ready to be cut and installed in Outshuts

 

It is tea time and after the sand blasting Joe and Andy look like they are picnicking on the beach!

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - contractors taking a break sitting on chairs in the barn

On the beach

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Contractor taking a break drinking coffe

Dan taking a well earned break

 

Dan has completed the breaking up of all the concrete in both the Milking Parlour and the Barn; we now have to get it out. The barn wont be too much of a problem as there is space to work but the parlour is an issue. Dan started by pushing all the concrete towards the door ready to be loaded into the dumper.

On Tuesday the mission for me , Colin and Dan will be to remove all the concrete to the hard core pile. The parlour concrete will be loaded by digger, the barn concrete will be loaded by hand to ensure it is dumped as clean hardcore…!!! Back breaking work.

 

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - concrete pile ready to be removed by 2 ton dumper

Concrete pile ready to be removed

 

 

Tuesday

The 2 ton dumper has arrived and so has Colin. Dan has had a great idea. By moving one of the scaffold poles near the rear door of the Milking Parlour (scaffold not being used at the moment and the pole will be put back after)  the dumper can get close. He will then able to use the digger to load the dumper. As mentioned above the barn concrete will be loaded by hand as we don’t want to mix earth with the clean hard core.

I have arranged with the previous owner of the barn to drop the clean concrete hard core near the entrance to one of his fields. He will then use it to create a solid base at all his field gates. In all we dropped off 10 dumper loads which would be at least one grab lorry at £200 + vat.

 

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - 2 ton dumper being used to transport concrete

Colin transporting the concrete in the 2 ton dumper

 

Dan has found another layer of concrete below the milking parlour plinth which he breaks up and this is also removed into the dumper; …………..this plinth is turning into one of those jobs that never seems to end. First we tried a normal breaker: then a hydraulic breaker; then we get the digger in with a hydraulic pecker; then we find two layers of concrete….the budget is blown on this particular item. The contingency takes another blow. NOTE: Ground works are difficult to estimate as the ground conditions and that of the concrete to be removed are not known. Next time I will estimate based on the worst case and double my contingency.

Joe and Dan continue with the list above. Joe has nearly finished all the studs and Andy has trimmed for one of the roof lights.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - roof light opening trimmed out with double sized rafters

Double sized oak rafters have been used to trim for the conservation roof lights

 

On the drive down to the concrete pile I discovered a two headed horse.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - horse with 2 heads

Funny what you see when you look hard enough

………continued in next post

 

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