Last few bits before we build, build, build…

If anyone’s just started following our blog, you’ll see that we are a few weeks in to our new chalet bungalow build project. Feel free to browse our previous blogs in “Our Real-Time Projects”, where we take you through the initial stages from rip out through to foundations.

This is a fairly quiet week on site as we’re just making the final preparations before we start to build the bungalow next week. The front of house is taken out, along with the front door, and block and beam is finished in the front extension and porch area.

A grab lorry has delivered 20 tonne of type one, which we’ve finished spreading across the site ready for the landscaping and to create a safer, cleaner site for the workmen now that it’s just about the brickwork for the next few weeks.

We’ve had the drive way pressure-washed and laid boards down to protect it now that most of the messy work is finished.

With block and beam completed, the dry lean mix is knocked up with the cement mixer – a mix of ballast sand and cement – and this is infilled to the cavity space below ground level, beneath the block and beam.

The Building Inspector has been out to sign it off to damp course level, and now won’t be back until the roof is on where he can also sign off at wall plate level.

The entire site is now loaded out with blocks and bricks ready for the build to commence next week. This means the brickies won’t technically need a labourer as they can knock up the muck themselves and they’re ready to go with the already loaded out bricks.

Everything is then covered in tarpaulins for protection as we’re expecting the arrival of Storm Ciara on Sunday! As the house and site are open, other than bricks and blocks there’s very little in the way of materials or machinery left on site, so in theory there’s nothing to steal and we’ll just have to keep an eye that Ciara doesn’t blow things around too much – benefit of living a couple of miles up the road!

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