35 – Landscaping, Plastering, Carpentry

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Landscaping, Plastering, Carpentry & Decorating

Maddomswood Oak Barn Conversion

Weeks 31 and 32 – 29th February to the 11th March

 

As any project draws to a close there is always a lot of activity such as 2nd fix carpentry/plumbing/electrics, but progress can appear slow.

The lumpy bits like brickwork, Oak structure, 1st fix carpentry have all been completed and now the slower more time consuming activities like Landscaping, 2nd fix carpentry and Decorating take over.

 

Landscaping

 John Cleary is making good progress with the works to the rear of the barn. The sleepers to retain the Stone paving are in place and he has installed the steps up to the parking area. He has also made a start on the paving but the weather towards the end of the second week delayed this being completed.

John also arranged for several lorries of soil to be dumped and laid out to build up the levels between the barn and the paddock. Later top soil will arrive and be graded prior to the turf being laid.

At the end of the 2nd week the crusher arrived and all the concrete that had been taken up from the rear of the barn was crushed and this will be used in the new drive & parking area.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -The base being prepared for the stone paving

The base being prepared for the stone paving

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - The stone paving being installed by John Cleary

The stone paving being installed by John Cleary

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -The stone paving which will form the patio below the balcony

The stone paving which will form the patio below the balcony

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - The stone paving viewed from inside the barn

The stone paving viewed from inside the barn

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - The steps have been constructed using Oak Sleepers

The steps have been constructed using Oak Sleepers

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - The stone paving forming the steps

The stone paving forming the steps

 

 

 

 

John Cleary needed to demolish the outbuilding which had served me well as my office since July, to enable the installation of the new concrete drive.

Now you see it…

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Outbuilding prior to demolition

Outbuilding prior to demolition

 

now you don’t……

 

 

On Wednesday John had hired a crusher with operator to crush down the concrete that had been lifted from behind the barn. This would be used as a base for the paving and the new driveway…

 

Plastering

Steve and Adam from S & A Plastering are on the home stretch; all plastering needed to be completed by Friday the 11th and it was. We all breathed a sigh of relief as it had been a hard slog.

Adam had gone on holiday on Friday the 4th leaving Steve to finish off the bits and pieces. He did come in the day before he flew to Thailand to help Steve with the big ceiling in the Milking Parlour – picture below. That was a real help as it was a two man job. Thanks Adam.

The lads did all they could to get the job done with early mornings and late nights. They are a credit to themselves and I would recommend them to anybody looking for two motivated skilled tradesmen.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Steve and Adam skimming the large ceiling in the Milking Parlour

Steve and Adam skimming the large ceiling in the Milking Parlour

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Steve skimming the fire surround in the Barn

Steve – all alone as Adam is in Thailand – skimming the fire surround in the Barn

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Steve plastering the walls in the Milking Parlour with his brother Jordan helping.

Steve plastering the walls in the Milking Parlour with his brother Jordan helping.

Carpentry

Andy Feaver and Joe Parker with the help of Alex and Ross spent the two weeks completing the 2nd fix carpentry which involved the following:

  • Wardrobes in Bedrooms 3 and 4
  • Small eave space cupboards in bedrooms 3 and 4
  • Skirting and Architrave
  • Swinging of 13 doors
  • Oak Trim around Oak Bi-Fold doors
  • Oak Trim around large glazing Panel
  • Oak Trim adjacent to windows in Entrance Hall

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Carpentry - The Oak doors have arrived - one coat of Osmo Raw Transparent Oil has been applied

The Oak doors have arrived – one coat of Osmo Raw Transparent Oil has been applied

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Carpentry -The completed cupboards in bedroom 3 with the oak door swinging

The completed cupboards in bedroom 3 with the oak door swinging

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Carpentry -Small storage cupboard in the eave space of the upstairs bedrooms

Small storage cupboard in the eave space of the upstairs bedrooms

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Carpentry -Oak trim to side and base of large Oak screen

Oak trim to side and base of large Oak screen

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Carpentry - Oak plate installed over large Oak Screen

Oak plate installed over large Oak Screen

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Carpentry -Oak Trim around bi-folding doors

Oak Trim around bi-folding doors

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Carpentry - Oak Trim around windows in entrance hall

Oak Trim around windows in entrance hall

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Carpentry -Architrave and skirting around and adjacent to the doors in one of the bedrooms

Architrave and skirting around and adjacent to the doors in one of the bedrooms

 

Taping and Jointing

Prior to any decorating taking place the plasterboard joints on the boards fixed to the outside of the Oak frame needed to be taped and jointed. I employed the services of Mike Eastman Dry lining and his team.

Tony then Derek took 7 man days to complete the labour intensive work off a tower and ladders. The process involved the application of scrim and then 2 layers of filler and a final layer of fine filler – this would then receive a final sanding.

To avoid flashing the filler and boards would need to be primed using Zinsser Bullseye 123 prior to the application of the emulsion.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Taping and jointing at ridge level

Taping and jointing at ridge level – Tony needs to tuck his t-shirt!

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Taping and jointing at a lower level

Taping and jointing at a lower level

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex -Taping and jointing - the first layer of filler

Taping and jointing – the first layer of filler

 

 

Decorating

We welcomed Paul Link and his colleague Richard Bailey to the barn on the 7th of March to start the decorating which will take approximately 5 weeks.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Paul Link and Richard Bailey

Paul Link and Richard Bailey

 

Prior to his arrival I created a painting schedule which detailed which paints were to be used and where. We wanted Johnstones paints mixed to Farrow and Ball colours. Farrow and Ball are good paints but the cost is prohibitive on a project of this scale.

Flat Matt would be used on the ceilings, Vinyl Matt on the walls and Satin on all woodwork internal and external.

I estimated the quantities I would need and sent this to Trade Paints. Brewers and Johnstones Paints to obtain their best prices.

Trade paints came back the winners and I placed the order with a view to the paint arriving by the 7th of March.

Paul and Richard started by mist coating all the new plaster, filling holes and applying ‘knotting fluid’ to any knots on bare wood.

They then used the 5m tower to start applying the Zinsser Bullseye 123 primer sealer to the taped and jointed plasterboard. The Zinsser had been tinted to reflect the colour of the finish emulsion. We hope that only the Zinsser and 1 top coat will be required at the high level.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Richard uses the tower to paint on the Zinsser Bullseye 123 then the flat matt emulsion

Richard uses the tower to paint on the Zinsser Bullseye 123 then the flat matt emulsion

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Paul has applied Zinsser as the primer for the cupboard doors

Paul has applied Zinsser as the primer for the cupboard doors

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Paul has applied Zinsser as the primer for the cupboard doors

Paul has applied Zinsser as the primer for the cupboard doors

 

Plumbing

Tom Sutton of TPS Plumbing and Heating has completed the second fix of the bath/shower rooms in the barn and towards the end of the second week set about installing the boiler and water tank in the utility room so we can get the heating going.

He gets very attached to his boilers as you can tell from this photograph:

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - boiler installation

Tom is used to cuddling boilers it appears

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - A very busy utility room

A very busy utility room as Paul from Electricare Ltd has popped in

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - The Hudson Reed bath in the Master Bedroom En-suite

The Hudson Reed bath in the Master Bedroom En-suite

 

The next two weeks will include…concrete drive, balcony, oak flooring, and Kitchen Installation

 

Landscaping, Plastering, Carpentry and Decorating

Maddomswood Oak Barn Conversion

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