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ebuild is sad to announce its closure - it has become too time and resource intensive to develop, manage and maintain.

However, ebuild will remain on-line in archive mode (ie no posting facilties) for several weeks so that users can use it as an information resource.

It started out simple...


The Ceiling Is Coming Down, In A Good Way!

Posted by slidersx200 , 05 May 2015 · 1,218 views

Although very little has been happening outside since the last update, the joiners have been busy little beavers inside as we make the push towards first fix. The wool insulation has now been covered completely with the vapour control membrane and all joints, staples etc have been taped. The next stage is to fit the rigid PIR insulation to the sloped ceil...


Stuffed, Taped Up And Plastered... Well, Almost!

Posted by slidersx200 , 22 April 2015 · 1,482 views

A bit of a smorgasbord of little updates this time around as a few things have been ticking along simultaneously. The rafters have been filled in the main part of the house with 220mm of Knauf Metstud 34, to be followed by a continuous 75mm PIR underneath at the sloped ceilings for a total R value of 9.85m2K/W with a resultant U value of 0.10W/m2K, before...


These Fellas Came Along And Just Put My Windows In!

Posted by slidersx200 , 12 March 2015 · 1,564 views

No need to call the police, I'm just struggling for puns these days; they weren't smashed with a brick, but put in rather carefully with laser levels and impregnated tape :) The tape is only a few mm thick when applied, but expands over a period of hours to several times its original size. It is fitted around the frame towards the outside and expa...


The Score's On The Floor And The Writing Is On The Walls

Posted by slidersx200 , 02 March 2015 · 1,017 views

Last night's snow didn't lie for long, but the bitterly cold wind is lingering to make an otherwise beautiful day easier to tolerate indoors!The roofers are almost finished for now, just having to return to complete the porch roof and the last section of the kitchen after the external render is finished. A strip has been left along the main ga...


Hurry Up And Get Yer Slates On!

Posted by slidersx200 , 12 February 2015 · 1,421 views

The big focus over the last two weeks has been the roof so we can keep the worst of the weather out and get the upper floor down to start tracking the walls for cables, switches and sockets. We'll probably make up some temporary windows for the upstairs to stop the new floor getting wet.Our Spanish slates have been easy enough for the roofers so far a...


A Matter Of Fakro

Posted by slidersx200 , 28 January 2015 · 1,456 views

A productive day yesterday, or at least one with visible evidence of progress as the installation of eight rooflights was accomplished. The combination of options I was looking for meant that we had to place a special order with an expected production lead time of around four weeks. I wanted conservation style windows, triple glazed, white internal finish...


The Calm Before The Storm, Hopefully!

Posted by slidersx200 , 15 January 2015 · 1,977 views

Hopefully everyone is recovering from any over indulgence during the festive period and getting 2015 started on the right foot. Following the winter break, progress on site trundled back into life on January 7th and the trades have been back and forth, weather permitting, in an effort to get the cavities closed before the roofing membrane is fitted in ant...


Looking A Little More Trussworthy

Posted by slidersx200 , 03 December 2014 · 1,173 views

The joiners got on quite well last week, meaning the majority of the roof trusses are in place now and there were a couple more details for our guests on Sunday to see as part of the ebuild get together. The trusses are spaced on 600mm centres and due to them being a little over engineered, we didn't have to double them up around the rooflights. The c...


Extreme Window Shopping

Posted by slidersx200 , 23 November 2014 · 980 views

With most house building decisions, just when you think you have made your mind up on something, the second guess monster comes to pay a visit...usually as you close your eyes with the intention of drifting off to a peaceful slumber. Back in Loo Rolls & Sticky Back Plastic I stated that we would be fitting PVC windows, in both flush casement and slid...


Stone Me!

Posted by slidersx200 , 19 November 2014 · 891 views

I may have seemed a little melancholic last week as we waved a teary goodbye to the cottage ruin that set us off on this journey, but this week has seen that all change with the stonework getting underway on the new house. The first stone was laid by a very handsome chap... ...and was then laid correctly by the stonemason very shortly after! :P He...

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