Week 4 – all creatures approve?
The transformation has occurred; here is our slab, isn’t it beautiful?!
As our site goes into shutdown for 2 weeks we reached our key milestone which was having our slab in place.
We have marked this as week 4. This is indeed week 4 of the build but we then have an additional 2 weeks delay which is something out of our control so we won’t track it as a delay for the purposes of this update.
Our next update will therefore be Week 5.
The site has undergone quite a change this week. Here is the site prepared for slab to go down:
And here it is after a day of the slab being poured:
I don’t think anyone is too disappointed about seeing a large section of mud covered up once and for all. I thought this photo really captured the mood this substance has bought to the site. The poor dilapidated wheelbarrow looks very solemn, barely sticking out of the clay and mud, as if being swallowed up:
Our retaining wall is completed and intact (all the work that has gone in and you can now only just see it hidden behind the foundation blockwork):
And it seems that even some of the four legged neighbours and friends we have also approved of our slab. Here is the paw marking of approval which can only have been placed in the concrete within hours after it was laid to make this impression before it went off.
We can only imagine it was a fox that has obviously brazenly climbed the fence and strolled across of previously perfectly flat surface. Surely we get a few extra CSH credits on the environmental front – native wildlife welcome, that type of thing??
The break on site won’t actually hurt as it will give us the chance to regroup and get orders away for some other key supplies.
The next key milestone is for us to get the property watertight. The target date for this is 5 weeks from now. This also brings us to the next finance drawdown so is an important one.
We have been able to go out to suppliers and get quotes for doors & windows – we had a supplier in mind that my builder has used before but wanted to be sure they were competitive.
We have a 3 panel bi fold door at the rear of the property, which needs to be airtight, timber framed and Secured by Design compliant so the challenge with this became actually finding someone who could provide it. I managed to find one (and so far only one) company who can provide what we are after and thankfully at a reasonable price.
We have also been able to finalise quotes and place orders for our PV panels.
I hope that this extra time has given us a bit of breathing space so that hopefully these components can all arrive on site on time! What are the chances? Maybe I have just seen too many episodes of grand designs to not have faith that our windows and doors will be delivered on time when we need them!
The final element which I wasn’t yet comfortable on was the Green Roof and our approach for this! We plan to install this ourselves and I have now managed to speak to the President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations and needless to say I have all the information I now need. (more on this later) I have managed to book our builder on a one day course (last place available) to enable him to be an approved contractor for a particular waterproof membrane product (the key element of the overall green roof). This means:
That we can install the product ourselves
We can purchase the product wholesale from the distributor
We will have the knowledge to do this on any future projects
And all for a price which will be far cheaper than having someone come to fit it for us.
Very happy with this result and what this research has led us to!
Next update will hopefully be as we have taken the first delivery of part of the timber frame – exciting times to come so stay tuned!