36 – V4 Oak Flooring, Concrete Drive, Stone Floor & Re-Pointing

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V4 Oak Flooring, Concrete Drive, Stone Floor & Re-Pointing

Maddomswood Oak Barn Conversion

Weeks 33 and 34 – 14th March to the 25th March

 

Good progress has been made over the last two weeks. The Concrete Drive has been installed, The V4 Oak Flooring and Cotswold Stone floor has been laid, the Re-Pointing and Brick Repairs to the Milking Parlour are well under way and the Decorating is going well.

 

Oak Flooring

After looking at many samples we decided on the UN106 Rustic Limehouse White V4 Oak Flooring for the Living, Dining and Kitchen area. We didn’t want an Oak floor that would overwhelm the space; there is a lot of Oak on show so the Limed finish compliments the overall look rather than dominates it. The Oak Structure is the star and the V4 Oak Flooring is the co-star.

We arranged for the packs of V4 Oak Flooring to arrive a week before laying so the boards could be sorted, mixed and left to acclimatise.

The picture below is a sample from one pack of the V4 Oak Flooring. You will see that there is a variation in the Lime finish. This is why it is important to sort and then mix the boards so you don’t have blocks of one colour.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - V4 - UN106 Rustic Limehouse White V4 Oak Flooring

V4 – UN106 Rustic Limehouse White V4 Oak Flooring

 

Andy Feaver and Joe Parker, my trusted carpenters, started by laying the V4 Oak Flooring along the long edge of the barn on a 3mm Underlay with a vapour barrier specifically designed for use with Under Floor Heating. The floor will be left 10-12mm short of the wall; this expansion gap will be covered by a 17mm Scotia edging strip glued to the wall. The floor will then be able to expand and contract/float underneath.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - V4 - UN106 Rustic Limehouse White V4 Oak Flooring

Andy and Joe make a start laying the V4 Oak Flooring

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - V4 - UN106 Rustic Limehouse White V4 Oak Flooring

Andy and Joe have nearly finished the V4 Oak flooring

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - V4 - UN106 Rustic Limehouse White V4 Oak Flooring

The V4 Oak flooring step with nosing

 

Andy and Joe’s next large jobs after the Easter break will be the installation of the Kitchen and Utility followed by the Oak Balcony

 

Concrete Drive

 

John Cleary and his team have worked hard over the last two weeks to prepare the base for the new driveway across the front of the barn. At the same time some of his team worked to complete the Limestone paving next to the side extension and also finish the fence next to the sheep barn.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Fencing adjacent to the Sheep Barn

Fencing adjacent to the Sheep Barn

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Limestone paving adjacent to the side extension

Limestone paving adjacent to the side extension

 

The existing drive was wide enough for us to create a diversion route against the hedge for all farm and livery traffic to pass leaving the new driveway area free for John to work on unhindered.

First John broke out the old drive with a digger and pecker; this was then removed from site. He then installed the shuttering to define the edges.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - the driveway is being prepared to receive the 150mm of concrete

The farm drive in front of the barn is being prepared to receive the concrete.

 

Granite sets were laid at each end of the drive and also at the top of the parking area between the Barn and Milking Parlour

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - the driveway is being prepared to receive the 150mm of concrete

Granite sets are laid to each end of the farm drive

 

The drive is nearly ready for the concrete pour.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - the driveway is being prepared to receive the 150mm of concrete

The drive is nearly ready for the concrete pour

 

William the Concreter was contracted to deliver the C35 concrete. I had agreed a discounted rate of £100 per m3 + Vat

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - William the Concretor arrives to pour the 25+ m3 of concrete

William the Concretor arrives to pour the 25+ m3 of concrete

 

John used a mechanical Tamper to ensure the concrete was well compacted and evenly distributed:

 

 

 

The brick edging were laid as the concrete pour progressed. Expansion joints were also installed at 6m centres:

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - concrete pour for concrete farm drive

The concrete pour is well underway

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - the concrete pour on the farm drive is complete

The pour is complete and now needs as long as possible to cure before traffic is allowed over it.

 

Brick Repairs and Re-Pointing

Gary O’Reilly of Tradpoint returned following their test panel and were on site for 4 days; most of their time was spent carrying out the brick repairs and pointing on the Milking Parlour. On the 4th day Gary carefully ground out the old mortar on the Side Extension.

Next week they will re-point and repair the side extension.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - The milking parlour is being re-pointed with some brick repairs around windows and doors

The milking parlour is being re-pointed with some brick repairs around windows and doors

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Brick repairs to side of door

Brick repairs to side of door

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Brick repairs to side of window

Brick repairs to side of window

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Re-pointing to SE Elevation of the Milking Parlour

Re-pointing to SE Elevation of the Milking Parlour

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Gary of Tradpoint grinding out the old mortar to the side extension

Gary of Tradpoint grinding out the old mortar to the side extension

 

Stone Flooring

 

Tim Titherington of Tims Tiling returned to site to lay the Cotswold Stone Floor in the Entrance Hall and Utility.

He had been contracted lay the floor on a M2 rate whick included the adhesive, grout and sealer.

He laid the floor in one day which was good going; he then grouted and applied two seal coats. The sealer we chose was one recommended by the supplier of the stone: Rocatex Natural Finish Sealer.

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Tim Titherington of Tim's Tiling laying the Cotswold Stone Flooring in the Entrance Hall and Utility Room

Tim Titherington of Tim’s Tiling laying the Cotswold Stone Flooring in the Entrance Hall and Utility Room

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Cotswold Stone Flooring in the Entrance Hall and Utility Room

Cotswold Stone Flooring in the Entrance Hall and Utility Room

 

Boiler and Tank Pipework

 

Tom and Jack from TPS Plumbing and Heating were on site completing the 2nd fix in the Milking Parlour plus other bits and bobs.  Something that wasn’t a Bit or a Bob was the pipework in the utility room.

Tom spent about 4 days installing the very complex pipework  which serves the Boiler, Hot Water Tank, the Underfloor Heating and the Hot and Cold water supplies.

During the installation he told me with a very wide eyed expression that he had been having a lot of dreams about the pipework…90 degree bend here, straight pipe there…; even when awake and watching his favourite TV programme, ‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’, he keeps picturing the pipes and bends; it was beginning to affect his home life. Not only is he hugging his boilers (see previous post) but he is now dreaming about the pipework. Very worrying indeed. 😉

 

Maddomswood Historic Oak Barn Conversion East Sussex - Tom Sutton took 4 days to very carefully install the copper pipe for the hot and cold, underfloor heating to and from the boiler and water tank. Excellent work!!

Tom Sutton took 4 days to very carefully install the copper pipe for the hot and cold, underfloor heating to and from the boiler and water tank. Excellent work!!

 

Over the next two weeks the Kitchen will be installed and the Oak Balcony will be erected with the glass balustrade. In addition the new drive/parking area will have been prepared ready to receive the tarmac with 3mm grit coating, all the re-pointing and brick repairs will have been completed.

All being well the carpets will go down week commencing the 11th and the property will be on the market on week commencing the 18th of April.

 

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