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The Digger Arrives And Other Reports From A Northern Irish Build


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#21 declan52

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 02:43 PM

Lovely

#22 sarahsouthwest

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 09:34 AM

Wow - great views! (Cool digger too...)

Good luck with getting the services in.

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 08:33 PM

The water company arrived as planned on Monday morning and very quickly blocked the road causing no problems whatsoever - It's a wonderfully quiet part of the world - Three hours and a bag of doughnuts later we had running water. Lets hope the rest of the build goes this smoothly.

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 08:46 PM

Aha! Nice part of the world for sure:-) We're fond of making the trip to Quintin Bay when the sun chooses to shine and we have a free afternoon.

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 06:59 PM

After a month or so of quiet contemplation things are moving again. Concrete was poured today, not entirely sure what the digger was up to though.

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 07:09 PM

Exciting times! Do you need to reach a certain stage of completion with the foundations before the factory starts making timber frame or have tolerances been agreed in advance?

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 07:25 PM

View Postslidersx200, on 27 January 2015 - 07:09 PM, said:

Exciting times! Do you need to reach a certain stage of completion with the foundations before the factory starts making timber frame or have tolerances been agreed in advance?

We have now handed the site over to Setanta to complete the water tight/air tight shell (that's their digger in the picture). I guess they are motivated to ensure everything fits !

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 07:26 PM

View PostAlphonsox, on 27 January 2015 - 06:59 PM, said:

After a month or so of quiet contemplation things are moving again. Concrete was poured today, not entirely sure what the digger was up to though.
I'm envious of your ground conditions. What lovely soil you have to work with, you dig a rectangular trench and it stays that shape, even when the digger drives over it.

Then I think of our soggy site with it's poor soil.

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 07:37 PM

View PostAlphonsox, on 27 January 2015 - 07:25 PM, said:

We have now handed the site over to Setanta to complete the water tight/air tight shell (that's their digger in the picture). I guess they are motivated to ensure everything fits !

That's great news, I'm sure the frame will be up in next to no time! Best wishes that the project goes smoothly and please keep us updated when you find time :)

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 07:45 PM

View PostProDave, on 27 January 2015 - 07:26 PM, said:

I'm envious of your ground conditions. What lovely soil you have to work with, you dig a rectangular trench and it stays that shape, even when the digger drives over it.

Then I think of our soggy site with it's poor soil.

The soil is extremely high quality with very good drainage. We have had a queue of people offering to "help" remove the mountains of topsoil over the last couple of months. Luckily we decided to put up some big gates with solid locks.

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 08:46 PM

Digger driver is moving the digger into the middle so he can reach the furthest point away. Nice tidy dig indeed.

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 09:19 PM

Well done.

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 09:59 AM

beautiful view too!

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 07:22 PM

Another quick update from the site...

We spent a busy weekend installing the underfloor heating system. The install ended up being very straightforward with no problems encountered. Pressure testing also went without a hitch.

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 07:27 PM

After barely 24 hours to admire our efforts the concrete pour for the ground floor started this morning.

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 08:44 PM

Fantastic progress and a great looking result from your handiwork, Valentine's Day wasn't wasted anyway! ;)

Presumably that will be your finished floor, is there a concrete subfloor and what level of floor insulation did you go for?

Looking forward to seeing the frame arrive!

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 09:05 PM

I think Valentine's Day was well spent, however I think Judy would have preferred something slightly more romantic than a day arranging 500m of pipe and 900 staples.

The pictures show the finished floor ready for the timber frame installation. The build up is as follows :-
- 400mm Gravel base.
- 100mm concrete subfloor
- 200mm PIR
- 80mm concrete floor

Total U-Value of around 0.1u

There's going to be a few weeks pause now while the frame is built and the windows ordered.

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 09:20 PM

That will give you time to head off on a romantic break to make amends and still be weather tight before our build lol! Not even joking as I'm still waiting for a crucial component to be released so we can order the French doors :(

Are you going for Rationel for windows etc? Had a quick look round their stand at the show and they definitely feel like a quality item!

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Posted 17 February 2015 - 04:08 AM

Could I please ask when did you sign the contract with your foundations and timberframe supplier Setanta?
I have asked others before but haven't had a response. I am interested if you did this after you got planning permission but before you had Building Regulations passed. If you did this, at what point did you feel you could sign 'safely'?

I would welcome anybodys view on these matters

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Posted 17 February 2015 - 01:08 PM

View Postslidersx200, on 16 February 2015 - 09:20 PM, said:

That will give you time to head off on a romantic break to make amends and still be weather tight before our build lol! Not even joking as I'm still waiting for a crucial component to be released so we can order the French doors :(

Are you going for Rationel for windows etc? Had a quick look round their stand at the show and they definitely feel like a quality item!

We are going for the Rationel - they are "reassuringly expensive" but feel like they will last for ever.
What's the hold up on the French doors ? Did you decide to go with the Unicorn Horn handles ?