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Self Build in the Highlands


Let The Cladding Commence

Posted by ProDave , 28 April 2016 · 5,189 views

Time to start fitting the wood fibre board cladding to the outside of the house.This is 100mm thick Pavatex wood fibre board. It gets screwwd to the outside of the timber frame all around the outside of the house.I am fitting the frame insulation as we go. That's a big change from the original plan where we had intended to use blown in insulation that...


A Bit More Drainage

Posted by ProDave , 03 April 2016 · 3,893 views

The time has come to start connecting the treatment plant so it's ready for use. Remember we concreted it into the ground last year, but there was too much else going on to actually connect it, and in any case for much of the winter, the water table will have been too high.So the first job is to connect the outflow from the treatment plant to the burn...


Windows And Doors

Posted by ProDave , 19 February 2016 · 1,947 views

Last week, our Rationell windows and doors arrived. And this week the builders have been here fitting them.Nearly all of them are tripple glazed aluminium clad. The only odd one out being the double doors between the main house, and the sun room. Being essentially an internal door, this is just double glazed and painted wood finish. Seen here fr...


Putting A Roof On It

Posted by ProDave , 11 December 2015 · 1,881 views

Well tiling the roof at least.In the new regime, it's just me and Kathy battling the Scottish Highland winter to try and get the roof tiled. And as we expected the progress is painfully slow.Battening the front half of the roof went quite smoothly, it took us three half days, dodging the showers to get it all battened, and the dry valleys in place....


And Then There Was One........

Posted by ProDave , 25 November 2015 · 1,406 views

...... person working on the building site.Well how things have changed in the last few weeks.Just a few weeks ago, it was warm and dry, a late unseasonably warm and dry spell. My team of builders were finishing off the basic shell of the house and managed to get the roof covered before it turned wet. We even managed to get the treatment plant into the g...


Putting The Waste Treatment Plant In.

Posted by ProDave , 01 November 2015 · 1,465 views

This weekend was a big job i have been wanting to do all year, but it involves the deepest excavation on site, and with our high water table that demands dry conditions. The summer got off to a very wet start so it wasn't possible then, and then it all became too hectic with the builders building. So I was running out of time to get it done this year...


Last Part Of The Timber Frame - The Sun Room

Posted by ProDave , 27 October 2015 · 1,312 views

The main house roof is now clad and covered in breathable membrane. The scaffold has been re jigged to clear the space, and the basic shell of the sun room has been erected. The two sides have yet to be framed up leaving us some options, but the left hand side will be a row of windows with the sills level with those at the rear. The right hand side w...


And The Roof Goes On

Posted by ProDave , 13 October 2015 · 1,328 views

As the title says, the roof is now going on.This takes a little longer that putting the frame up, as the roof is all cut and fabricated on site, with some more big kurto beams making it all work. EDIT:A couple of pictures of the garage roof now covered. That's a 100mm Pavatex wood fibre board that will clad the roof and the external face...


And Now Comes The Garage

Posted by ProDave , 01 October 2015 · 1,113 views

Day 6 and day 7 of the house frame construction sees the garage added on to the end of the house And the main ridge beam for the main roof also arrived and got lifted straight off the lorry up onto the roof. Sadly the other shorter ridge beams for the gable ends did not arrive. They were due today but now we are told they will be here next Thur...


The Timber Frame Arrives

Posted by ProDave , 22 September 2015 · 1,568 views

This blog entry will be updated each day that there is more progress erecting the house frame.Day 1:First job, lay the ground floor joist. these are I beam engineered timber joists, 300mm thick. Here they are starting to be set out. It took a fair bit of the day to set them out and lay a temporary OSB floor covering to work from. Unfortunately I had to go...

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