32 – Oak Windows & Oak Bi-folding Doors + much more

| 3rd February 2016 | 0 Comments

Maddomswood Oak Barn Conversion

Week 26 – 25th to 29th of January

Glazed Oak Windows & Oak Bi-folding Doors Installation, Windows and Doors Generally + Plastering

 

This has been a big week for the project – the Large Oak Windows and the Oak Bi-Folding Doors have been installed as have some of the softwood windows.

Andy and Joe finished the 200mm Oak Cladding, the plastering has started and the scaffold has been struck to revel the refurbished structure.

 

Plastering

I contracted Steven Cassam and Adam Porter from S & A Plastering  to complete the insulating, tacking and plastering of the barn, parlour and side extension.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - The completed screeding in the Milking Parlour -Steven Cassam and Adam Porter of S & A Plastering and Building

Steven Cassam and Adam Porter of S & A Plastering and Building

 

I was very impressed with Steve and Adam when I first met them at tender stage; not only do they have fine beards but they communicated well and provided a competitive bid.

I agreed a labour, access tower, scrim and fixings price with Steve and Adam leaving me to pay for all materials – plasterboard, hardwall, finish plaster etc.

In advance of their arrival I arranged for a pallet of plasterboard, blue soundproofing board, hardwall and finish plaster to be delivered to site. Their first job when they arrived was to bring the boards in.

 

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The plasterboard has been brought inside by Steve and Adam

 

Steve and Adam first set about tacking the downstairs bedroom/en-suite and then moved to tackle the complicated stair well and upstairs bedrooms/en-suites. They were given the additional responsibility as an extra of insulating the walls as they went so they boarded one side of a wall, filled the void with insulation before boarding the other side.

I arranged for them to meet Paul from Electricare Ltd  who had carried out the electrical installation so he could explain where cables would need to be pulled through the boards prior to fixing. It is essential to get this part right as to correct any mistakes after plastering has taken place is a real pain, costs money and the plaster finish is never the same.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Steve cutting the blue sound board to size to fit between the studs in bedroom 2

Steve cutting the blue sound board to size to fit between the studs in bedroom 2

 

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Insulation between the studs over the stairwell

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Boarding in the stairwell

Boarding in the stairwell

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Boarding in the stairwell

Boarding in the stairwell

 

Oak Frames and Bi-Folding Doors

Darren and Dennis from DA French Joinery arrived on Monday to fit the large Oak Frame to the North West elevation, the Oak Frame over the Bi-folding doors to the South East elevation and the Oak Bi-folding Door frame. They accomplished a lot in the day and by close of play all three frames were in situ.

On Tuesday, plywood was fitted where the glazing would be – the glazing will be installed at the end of next week once the scaffold has been struck.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Darren and Dennis (with an observer) from DA French Joinery

Darren and Dennis (with an observer) from DA French Joinery

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Close up of the Oak Frame above the bi-folding door farme

Close up of the Oak Frame above the bi-folding door frame

 

The stairs arrived on Tuesday afternoon and after some fun and games they were fixed in place and the winder over the kitchen was cut so it would not impact on the kitchen units

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - The main stair case

The main stair case

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - The stairs have been installed after the plasterboard was fixed in place

The stairs have been installed after the plasterboard was fixed in place

 

200mm Oak Weatherboard Cladding

Andy and Joe had until Thursday morning to complete the 200mm Oak Weatherboard Cladding as on Thursday the scaffold wouldn’t be there any more. They had to work until 6pm on the Wednesday night to get it finished.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Andy and Joe working hard to finish the Oak Weatherboard Cladding

Andy and Joe working hard to finish the Oak Weatherboard Cladding

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Andy and Joe worked late on Wednesday to get the Oak Weatherboard Cladding finished

Andy and Joe worked late on Wednesday to get the Oak Weatherboard Cladding finished

 

Scaffold

Steve and his team from Heathfield scaffolding arrived as planned at 0900 on Thursday the 28th to start to strike the scaffold.

In advance of their arrival I had spent a few hours clearing any remaining items from all the lifts and sweeping through.

They took only 2 days to remove the scaffold from the Parlour and the Barn leaving only the one lift for the side extension as this could not be finished until some girders had been removed that were in the way.

Here are a few photos of the naked barn.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - The North West Elevation of the barn after scaffold has been removed

The North West Elevation of the barn after scaffold has been removed

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - The South East Elevation of the barn after scaffold has been removed

The South East Elevation of the barn after scaffold has been removed

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - The Milking Parlour after the scaffold has been removed

The Milking Parlour after the scaffold has been removed

 

 Windows

Once Andy and Joe had finished the 200mm Oak Weatherboard cladding them turned their attention to the windows. The brickwork was very tight and as the windows had been painted using a treatment/2 primers and 2 undercoat system it was not possible for them to plane them to make them fit. They needed to grind the brickwork on both sides. Once this was done they fitted very snugly.  Fir-band fixings were used on block work and frame fixings when adjacent to facing brickwork.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Andy and Joe starting to install the windows

Andy and Joe starting to install the windows

 

Disposal of waste Insulation Board and Plasterboard 

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Off cuts of insulation board

Off cuts of insulation board

 

This project has involved a huge amount of board insulation – 25/50/75 and 100mm. The resulting off cuts filled at least 10 Jewson Bulk bags, enough to fill at least 3no 8 yard skips.

You can use skips but if you want to save some money (at least £750) then use a small transit van (no more than 2m high) to take them to the Household Recycling Center and ask very nicely if you can dispose of a few bags a week. This is against the guidelines as ‘Home Improvements’ do not qualify as Household Waste; if you dont ask you dont get.

Disposal of waste Plasterboard

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Plasterboard ready to be placed on top of the skip before being taken away.

Plasterboard ready to be placed on top of the skip before being taken away.

 

Some skip companies don’t take Plasterboard, some do; it depends on whether the waste center the company goes to accepts plasterboard.  Ask when hiring your skips as there will be a lot of plasterboard waste and you don’t want to be bagging it up and taking it yourself to the waste center.

Pile it up to the side of the skip and lay it out on top just before the skip is taken away/swapped over.

 

Next week the plaster boarding will continue, more windows will be fitted and work will start on the stud walls to the side extension.

 

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Glazed Oak Windows & Oak Bi-Folding Doors Installation, Windows and Doors Generally + Plastering

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