27 – Barn Conversion – Weeks 21& 22

| 21st December 2015 | 0 Comments

Weeks 21 and 22 – 7th to the 18th of December

Maddomswood Barn Conversion

 

I am writing this post on the 21st of December; Its a bit late!!   I haven’t had a chance to write anything for 2 weeks as the site has been very busy.

Not only have the Old Town Roofing been hard at it but Andy, Joe and Alex have been working hard on the complicated first fix carpentry & repairs to the side extension roof, Nick Teasel has been finishing the tanking,  Dan has been building the fireplace and the team from Electricare Ltd have spent the last 4 days making a start on the 1st fix electrics

Whilst I have been managing their works I have been spending a great deal of time drawing up specifications and bills of quantities for the Plastering, Decorating and landscaping which will include the new driveway.

It wont be long before we will be ready for the plasterboard to be fixed to the new stud walls and in between the oak studs and for plastering to begin closely followed by the second fix carpentry, electrics and plumbing and finally the decorating.

I spent last week meeting several contractors for each trade and look forward to receiving their prices.

This post will be a short summary of what has taken place as on the 18th of December the site closed for the Christmas break. I will be spending most of my time over the next 2 weeks writing the programme until completion and revising the budget.

We will re-open on January the 4th.

Louise and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

 

Roofing

Old Town Roofing have made excellent progress. The main barn has received the plasterboard, osb and Insulation; a counter batten was fixed to the length of the rafters using the 200mm helitie fixings to hold the insulation in place. Over this was laid the breathable roofing membrane and the roofing batten at a nib tile gauge.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - 100mm Insulation being fixed in place with counter batten and 200mm Helitie fixings

100mm Insulation being fixed in place with counter batten and 200mm Helitie fixings

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Membrane and batten over the insulation

Membrane and batten over the insulation

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Photo showing the build up of plasterboard/OSB/Insulation/counter batten/membrane and batten

Photo showing the build up of plasterboard/OSB/Insulation/counter batten/membrane and batten

 

Prior to the batten being fixed to the lower section of the roof Andy fixed more sprockets to the barn hips and also 6mm ply along the length so the underside of the roof build up could not be seen from below.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Andy fixing sprockets to the barn hips

Andy fixing sprockets to the barn hips

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -6mm ply fixed along the length of the roof

6mm ply fixed along the length of the roof

 

Whilst these works were being completed the Milking Parlour roof was stripped and the membrane and batten was fixed.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Milking Parlour stripped and ready for membrane and batten

Milking Parlour stripped and ready for membrane and batten

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Milking parlour receiving membrane and batten

Milking parlour receiving membrane and batten

 

The side extension was also stripped and after some roof repairs the membrane was laid to prevent water ingress only…this is called fly battening.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Hip repairs to the side extension

Hip repairs to the side extension

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Roof repairs to the side extension

Roof repairs to the side extension

 

The tile were then loaded out onto the roof ready for laying.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Tiles bumped up onto the roof ready to be laid

Tiles bumped up onto the roof ready to be laid

 

The bonnets were fixed to the barn hips with a lime mortar mix, the same as used for the brickwork, after which the roof tiles have started to be laid.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Bonnets fixed to barn hip and finished with lime mortar mix

Bonnets fixed to barn hip and finished with lime mortar mix

 

By the time the site closed on the 18th half of the North Elevation had been completed.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Tiles being laid to the NW elevation

Tiles being laid to the NW elevation

 

1st Fix Carpentry

In the last post the main feature beam over the Kitchen had been installed. Over the next two weeks the wind walls either side of the staircase were built onto which the first floor structure was installed.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -1st Fix carpentry begins with the wind wall construction

1st Fix carpentry begins with the wind wall construction

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Wind walls in place either side of stairs

Wind walls in place either side of stairs

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -the first floor joists are in place over the kitchen and the ground floor bedroom

the first floor joists are in place over the kitchen and the ground floor bedroom

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -the first floor joists are in place over the kitchen and the ground floor bedroom

the first floor joists are in place over the kitchen and the ground floor bedroom

 

Next Andy and Joe spent some time working out the best way to organise the upstairs wall layout over the stairs to maximise the impact of proposed lighting over the exposed oak structure.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -The stud work over the stairs

The stud work over the stairs

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -The stud work over the stairs

The stud work over the stairs

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -The first floor walls are in place.

The first floor walls are in place.

 

Alex was tasked with fixing the 25×25 batten to the oak studs over the internal dwarf walls onto which the plasterboard would be fixed either side. Time consuming work.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Alex fixing the battens to the studs

Alex fixing the battens to the studs

 

There were lots of other bits and bobs completed which can go unseen unless you look closely or…up as in this case….batten between the bracing at a high level…

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Batten fixed within the bracing over the bedrooms

Batten fixed within the bracing over the bedrooms

 

and the wearing of a Christmas Jumper and the decorating of the Costa Coffee tree…

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex Joe in his Christmas jumper next to the Costa Coffee Christmas Tree-

Joe in his Christmas jumper next to the Costa Coffee Christmas Tree

 

The result of their work over the last two weeks is nothing short of brilliant.

Tanking

Nick Teasel of South East Timber Ltd has finished the tanking. He is issuing the guarantees for the wood treatment and the tanking which will be given to the new owners.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Tanking in side extension finished

Tanking in side extension finished

 

Fireplace

Dan has spent a couple of days building the fireplace surround. We have gone for a wood burner with a vertical flue that will exit through the barn hip. Dan unpacked the fire and took out the inner box and all the delicate parts. These have been stored safely in the lock up. He thin built the fire surround as per my drawing and it will be plastered with fire rated plaster with a clean edge to the top and an edging plate around the fire prior to the application of suitable paint.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Dan makes a start to the block work for the wood burning fore surround

Dan Makes a start on the fire surround

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - The fire surround to lintel height

The fire surround to lintel height

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Dan has nearly completed the work to the fire surround

Dan has nearly completed the work to the fire surround

 

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