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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...


Bricking It!

Posted by slidersx200 , 15 November 2014 · 1,407 views

When I left off last time around, we had just demolished the original cottage at the other end of our site and drawn the stone over to the location of the new house, where it will be used as cladding for selected walls. This stone has developed a patina and character as it gently weathered for decades and because a sense of longstanding is something we ar...


I Won't Say Goodbye Old Friend, I'll Say See You Later

Posted by slidersx200 , 12 November 2014 · 723 views

Today was a strange day, as the little cottage ruin that set us off on this journey was demolished and I felt a genuine sense of sadness as what remained of a structure quite possibly a century or more old was reduced to a pile with just a few skillful caresses from the digger bucket. According to some of the local farming community, this humble abode was...


My, How The Gables Have Turned...or Have They?!

Posted by slidersx200 , 11 November 2014 · 757 views

Progress has slowed a little this week as delays in supplies and the inevitable onset of winter only add to the pressures of continually shortening days. The gables are still heading toward the skies, but the delivery of the roof trusses was held up by four days which meant the block layers didn't have their guides to get the pitch right and set the s...


Rising Up And Re:joisting

Posted by slidersx200 , 26 October 2014 · 1,360 views

Having slipped out of the blogging saddle for a few weeks for a bit of R&R, this blog entry is as much a chance for me to catch up with progress on site as to share the info with any blog followers.I know the weather has been challenging in Northern Ireland over the last few weeks and that our block laying team was heading to a new site for a few days...


The Biggest (Ebuild) Action Movie Of The Year (So Far)!

Posted by slidersx200 , 19 September 2014 · 1,015 views

I put together a little walk around tour of our site today for a bit of fun. All the internal walls are in place for the downstairs so it is much easier to get a feel for the spaces we have now, albeit they feel awkwardly tall because the floor isn't at finished level yet and they are open at the top.We're waiting for the web floor joists, some cu...


Fifty Days Of Grey

Posted by slidersx200 , 15 September 2014 · 857 views

We've now hit a half century of working days on site and all being well the blockwork for the ground floor will be finished very soon. It was nice to see the granite arrive to break up the concrete a little and soon our palette will broaden further with the arrival of the joiners. For some reason, I think that the facade is looking a little more cotta...


Things Are Getting A Little Too Revealing...

Posted by slidersx200 , 21 August 2014 · 1,768 views

Apologies in advance if you clicked in expecting to see some scantily clad eye candy (of either gender, one has to remain PC these days ;)), but this brief blog entry is an example of how not to "keep it simple". Here are a few consolation Day 33 progress photos for those who are disappointed:First "chimney breast" to later be occupied by...


Up, Up And Away! Out Of The Ground At Last:-D

Posted by slidersx200 , 07 August 2014 · 1,243 views

Day 24,Prolonged heavy rain stopped play on Tuesday which was when we planned to pour the subfloors, but thankfully the weather has been a bit kinder over the last two days.The garage footings were completed yesterday and are now ready for backfilling before the pre-stressed slabs are installed. The slabs will add to the cost overrun for the garage, but w...


Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

Posted by slidersx200 , 25 July 2014 · 973 views

Work has resumed following a week's holiday and the warm dry spell continues to both delight and exhaust everyone on site simultaneously. My updates have been a little less frequent this week as I've hardly had a minute to look sideways thanks to my workload picking up.Day 15:The foundations were dug for the garage and due to the external staircas...


What A Load Of Blocks!

Posted by slidersx200 , 07 July 2014 · 1,286 views

Things are underway on site after we shook hands with our preferred builder on the 24th of June and the digger arrived on site just two days later. The progress between then and now is documented briefly here in case you missed it.The concrete for the foundations was poured last Tuesday and we gave it a week to cure before the block layers turned up to b...

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