Week 5 – The panels arrive!
We write with an update after our first full week back on site and the ongoing preparation for the long awaited arrival of our timber frame.
This week was all about prep – on the side panels of our house.
As the house is right up against the boundaries on either side we would have no opportunity to clad the external walls once they go up, as there is just no physical way we could get to them.
Here is how the site is now looking:
Take a look at some of our panels here:
So the plan was to clad the external walls in our lovely larch in readiness for their erection next week.
Here is the first view of the larch up close and personal:
Our tiny little site continues to challenge all our tradesmen with little or no room left to move around with even these few panels. When we take full delivery next week it will get even more interesting, like a game of giant tetrus.
You can see the guys have stood all the panels up to clad them and prepare for moving them into place.
One other challenge that has presented itself is that of our waste water removal. Even though we have laid the soil pipes the outlet pipe is actually lower than the sewerage connection we need to join up to. Sounds like a horrendous problem? Well yes but we think we have found a solution that is a form of storage tank fitted with a float device and pump, which once filled will then pump what is needed out to the mains. More details on this to follow as we work out if this will work for the site.
So that leaves us with this, our gas mains and electric connection and our bike shed to all fit within a 1.5 – 2m space at the front corner of the house. It is going to have to be a very well sequenced schedule of events to get everything needed seamlessly into that space!
So even though we don’t have a lot to update on there is a lot of preparation going on in the background and much anticipation and excitement about the coming week.
Another essential delivery was welcomed on site this week too: No other comments needed…
Monday morning at 8am sees a big truck, with the rest of our house on it, turn up our little street and up goes the frame!
There will be lost of photos to follow next week so do check back in to see our site transformed!