Week 17 – Emperors’ new clothes
Our little eco house is getting some final touches to the exterior as it starts to look more and more like a real house, and quite a good looking one at that! (we think)
Here is the rear deck down which has totally changed the feel of the rear garden:
For those of you who have followed us throughout the build you will remember those not so attractive piles of clay that previously existed in this space.
Out the front of the property the cladding has also gone on:
The other key design feature of the exterior, which contrasts against our lovely larch, is the rendered walls.
The render will cover a smaller section of the property, and here is the first coat after it has gone on:
This shot shows the rear from the back corner showing where the render and cladding meet.
Finally, finally we have the first of our key services being connected. Here is the pipe coming into the power box, just after it was connected
Gas is to come next week and the sewerage connection remains the thorn in our side! Hopefully, we have someone coming next week to put a CCTV camera into the existing sewer so we know exactly where it goes. I say hopefully, as until it happens we won’t believe it, as it has taken so long for us to get to this point.
Even though we now have power it has been great for the guys to have more light to work by and Genny has now been relocated to the garden! Now that skylights are all in and the days are longer natural light just fills the house which has more than adequately replaced Genny, even before we had the power on.
Internally, the 2nd fix plumbing is complete. Here is the pipework in the kitchen:
This also means that the boiler has been installed:
This is the boiler type as recommended by our CSH advisor as having the lowest emissions of all boilers currently, which also helps us with those valuable CSH points.
The water is switched on meaning we now have it running through all our pipework, including the under floor heating. Here is the UFH manifold now connected and functional:
And guess what…? 2 days in and no leaks! You may laugh but I think there is always that initial heart-in-mouth moment when the water is first switched on!
The passive ventilation system is now fully installed ready to go
Here is the kitchen unit:
You may recall the picture of this from the last update showing the internal workings of the system. Now it is all safely boarded in and just needs the final vent cap to go over the hole.
This really shows though, all this impressive kit, which has gone into the wall and roof, remains unseen but performs a very important job!
The second bedroom is also done:
And of course the obligatory outside shot of our vents. For the first time we see all 3 of them together.
If you missed any of the details regarding the functioning of the Ventive system you can read about it here, in a previous post.
We have also taken delivery of our kitchen. Here it is in bits tucked quietly to one side of the lounge waiting for someone to bring it to life:
The guys are going to have some fun putting this all together:
So there we have it, we are definitely down to the business end of things now, with the next update to report on bathroom and kitchen installations, more work on the garden and completion of the some of the internal decoration.
We hope you are enjoying seeing it all come together, as much as us. Do let us know if there are any other elements of the build you would like to know about (as we have always tried to keep these updates more readable and less technical to make them interesting to the majority of people)