28 – Barn Conversion – Week 23

| 10th January 2016 | 0 Comments

Week 23 – 4th to 8th January 2016

Maddomswood Barn Conversion

HAPPY NEW YEAR

It had been 16 days since the site had been open; the contractors had enjoyed their holiday but it was time to get back to work.

Andy, Joe and Alex arrived at 0730. They were joined by Tom Sutton of TPS Plumbing and Heating and his apprentice Jack. The roofers from Old Town Roofing arrived soon after.

 

Plumbing and Heating Installation

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Tom and Jack from TPS Plumbing and heating

Tom and Jack from TPS Plumbing and heating

 

Tom and Jack had been hired to install all the plumbing for foul drainage, hot and cold water plus the under floor heating. As part of my work before starting the project I met with Tom on site to discuss the project and he suggested Robbens as a great underfloor heating system. They were local and provide an excellent after sales service and cast iron product guarantee. Tom would back this up with his own installation guarantee.

Tom and Jack had completed some of the plumbing work to the first floor shower rooms before Christmas so their week would involve finishing the plumbing and drainage to the upstairs and ground floor shower rooms and the kitchen and utility and also the underfloor heating installation on the first floor.

These pictures show how the works unfolded across the week:

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Basin plumbing within the stud wall of Bedroom 3

Basin plumbing within the stud wall of Bedroom 3

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Foul drainage outlet Bedroom 3

Foul drainage outlet Bedroom 3

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Foul drainage pipe from bedroom 4 ensuite on the first floor

Foul drainage pipe from bedroom 4 ensuite on the first floor

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Foul drainage pipe from bedroom 3 ensuite on the first floor

Foul drainage pipe from bedroom 3 ensuite on the first floor

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Foul drainage pipe crossing the kitchen wall from bedroom 4 ensuite on the first floor

Foul drainage pipe crossing the kitchen wall from bedroom 4 ensuite on the first floor

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Hot and cold water pipes

Hot and cold water pipes

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Underfloor heating pipes

Under floor heating pipes

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Underfloor heating pipes

Under floor heating pipes

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Wool Insulation installed in the 1st floor around the underfloor heating installation, pipes and cables

Wool Insulation installed in the 1st floor around the underfloor heating installation, pipes and cables

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Underfloor heating pipes in one of the bedrooms

Underfloor heating pipes in one of the bedrooms

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -25mm Board Insulation installed in the 1st floor below the underfloor heating installation, pipes and cables

25mm Board Insulation installed in the 1st floor below the underfloor heating installation, pipes and cables

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Wool Insulation installed in the 1st floor around the underfloor heating installation, pipes and cables

Wool Insulation installed in the 1st floor around the underfloor heating installation, pipes and cables

 

General Carpentry

Andy, Joe had worked very hard before Christmas to get the first floor ready for first fix. Their first week back was going to include repairs to the side extension rafter feet, finishing the plasterboard and OSB fixing to the external elevations, braces to the eaves plate over the bi-folding doors glazing panel, studs to the internal cheeks of the South East Recess plus many many more fiddly jobs. Once these had been completed they would start to fix the 100mm insulation to the external elevations using the Helifix 200mm fixings. These would need to be supplemented by 200mm screws.

These pictures show how the works unfolded during the week:

 

Maddomswood Barn Oak Barn conversion east sussex - Joe cutting the mortice in the post for the braces to support the eaves plate over the bi-folding door glazing

Joe cutting the mortice in the post for the braces to support the eaves plate over the bi-folding door glazing

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Joe has prepared the tenons on the brace which is to be installed in the post eaves plate over the bi-folding door glazing

Joe has prepared the tenons on the brace which is to be installed in the post eaves plate over the bi-folding door glazing

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - One of the braces installed by Joe to support the eaves plate over the bi-folding door glazing

One of the braces installed by Joe to support the eaves plate over the bi-folding door glazing

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Oak studs installed within the internal cheeks of the SE Elevation recess

Oak studs installed within the internal cheeks of the SE Elevation recess

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -100mm insulation being fixed over the OSB and Plasterboard to the external elevations

100mm insulation being fixed over the OSB and Plasterboard to the external elevations

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Chipboard Flooring cut around the Oak beam

Chipboard Flooring cut around the Oak beam

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Chipboard Flooring cut around the Oak beam

Chipboard Flooring cut around the Oak beam

 

Electrical Installation

Paul had returned form Electricare to complete the 1st fix electrics installation. He first made sure all the works had been completed within the first floor joists so these could be insulated as soon as the underfloor heating installation on the first floor had been completed. He then ran further cables in ducting to the locations of lights, sockets, switches etc as per the design I had given him on day one. NOTE..it is a good idea to laminate any paper plans/designs you use on site as they always get damaged otherwise.

Here is a video of the 1st fix electrics part completed :

The 1st fix electrical installation at Maddomswood Barn oak conversion East Sussex from Ian Jenkins on Vimeo.

 

Roofing

Tony, Danny and his team had completed the North West Elevation before Christmas and they now needed to pull through the roof to the SE Elevation; this included the complicated installation of the 4 roof lights.  Tony took his time with this. We had several discussions to ensure they were located correctly so they looked perfect from not only outside but also inside when viewed against the adjacent oak trim.

NOTE..it is important to keep meeting and talking to your contractors to make sure they are happy with progress, have all the materials they need and also to ensure you are pleased with the standard of workmanship. If you are not it is important to point it out as soon as possible. There is no point sitting on your hands and brooding over an issue which could get worse; speak now or for ever hold your peace. Contractors generally want to do the best job they can and are proud people. Mistakes normally arise due to a break down in communication. All can be resolved via sensitive discussion.

Here are a few photos showing the roofing progress:

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -NW Elevation tiling nearly finished

NW Elevation tiling nearly finished

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -NW Elevation tiling nearly finished

NW Elevation tiling nearly finished

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Roofing tiles bumped out onto the SE Elevation

Roofing tiles bumped out onto the SE Elevation

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Bonnet tiles installed to one of the barn hips

Bonnet tiles installed to one of the barn hips

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Two of the conservation roof lights being installed

Two of the conservation roof lights being installed

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Two of the conservation roof lights being installed

Two of the conservation roof lights being installed

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex Two of the conservation roof lights installed-

Two of the conservation roof lights installed

 

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