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Wee Hoose on the Croft


The Chips Are Down (And Other Progress)

Posted by Crofter , 05 April 2016 · 5,010 views

The Chips Are Down (And Other Progress) After months of little obvious signs of development, the last week has seen my field suddenly turn into a little site.I have, of course, been fairly busy- the concrete piers were poured in three stages, interupted by frosty weather; the drainage system got the OK from building control, the windows arrived (rather ahead of schedule but nevermind), and the...


How To Guarantee A Frost...

Posted by Crofter , 15 January 2016 · 1,372 views

How To Guarantee A Frost... Some concrete progress on my little build. The house will sit on eight piers, on account of the sloping site. These will be poured in two goes- firstly, a footing filled to ground level, then the pier itself will be poured on top using a piece of pipe as the former.I site-batched the first footing last week and was surprised to wake up to a slight frost,...


A Hole In The Ground Filled With Money

Posted by Crofter , 25 November 2015 · 1,272 views

A Hole In The Ground Filled With Money Yesterday, the Puraflo agent turned up and we installed our sewerage treatment system. This comprises a conventional septic tank (in my case, a low profile one) followed by a cast concrete pump chamber, then the big green box that is the Puraflo itself. This box sits on a bed of clean crushed stone, which acts as the soakaway area. All told this part of t...


It Begins...

Posted by Crofter , 26 March 2015 · 1,900 views

It Begins... Work is now underway at a good pace, getting the access from the public road down to the site. This was one of the conditions of the planning permission, but makes sense anyway, even though the site is only 50 metres from my own house.It's a steep site and we've had to build up a lot of the access to get the levels right. Fortunately we have found...


Permission Granted!

Posted by Crofter , 16 February 2015 · 1,341 views

Friday the 13th was a lucky day for me. Planners have approved my application for full planning. There were some encouraging words in there about the use of timber cladding and the small scale of the project, plus its location on the site.I had left some details deliberately a bit vague and this seems to have worked fine- they do, however, want me to nail...


Sewage Treatment: I Smell A Rat

Posted by Crofter , 30 January 2015 · 2,102 views

I'm a little over a week away from the expected decision date for planning permission on my little house project. I've spent this time getting on with percolation testing and researching how to proceed with the unglamorous yet vital task of sewage treatment and disposal.As is usual around this part of the world, mains sewerage is not an option, so...


Let's Try That One Again.

Posted by Crofter , 04 December 2014 · 1,555 views

Firstly, a big thanks to everybody who contributed to and responded to my first blog post. I have had a lot of things to mull over and it was clear that my design needed some tweaking before I submit the drawings to the planners.So I present design number 8 (!) which borrows a few things from its predecessors. In summary:- Porch is gone. Storage reloc...


Tally Ho!

Posted by Crofter , 25 November 2014 · 2,517 views

So, this project has been rumbling along for the best part of a year to get to this point, but here we are at last. Site has been surveyed, design finalised, and planning permission application is ready to submit. Dare I say even the budget may be looking like it might be sufficient.The design brief was to produce a cheap, simple, but comfortable small ho...

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