Building Blox: Week 21 – Expansion joints, Plasterboards fitted

What we did: Expansion joints finished Plasterboards fitted Now that the ‘first fix’ for electrics and plumbing had been done, the plasterboards could be fitted and ‘skimmed’, transforming the harsh, raw looking masonry interiors into more recognisable home interiors. Albeit, Read More …

Building Blox: Week 20 – Plasterboards; Managing disputes and changes

What we did: Plasterboarding started This week we started putting up the plasterboards, but more on that next week when there is more progress. Unfortunately, much of this week was spent trying to manage an external conflict with the contractors, Read More …

Building Blox: Week 19 – Windows and doors installed, internal work starts

What we did: Windows and doors installed, Electrical first fix, Partitions continue, Stairs design. Full-steam ahead this week as windows and doors were installed, making the building watertight. This meant work could start inside on transforming the shell into a Read More …

Building Blox: Week 18 – Internal partitions started and external walls painted

What we did: Partitions started, External rendering and paint. This week, the carpenter was back onsite to set out and build the internal partitions, whilst a couple of the guys brought the external blockwork to life by applying the finishing Read More …

Building Blox: Week 17 – Roof completed and solar panels installed

What we did: Roof tiling completed, Solar panels fitted. This week, the roofer finished off the tiling, correcting the issues we identified last week. Completion of the roof meant the solar panels could now be installed. Aside from this it Read More …

Building Blox: Week 16 – How payments work / Quality control

What we did: Tiling cont. This week the contractors took a break to go set up disabled facilities for a family member’s house, but the sub-contractor roofer and his young apprentice were onsite to continue tiling the front of the Read More …

Building Blox: Week 15 – Roof tiling and cleanup

What we did: Tiling cont, Building Control and warranty provider inspections, Utility connections. On site, the tiling continued and we had a couple of council building control and warranty provider inspections, whilst back at my desk I was buried in Read More …

Building Blox: Week 14 – Roof windows and tiling

What we did: Roof lights installed, Roof structure cont., Roof tiling started. This week saw the eagerly anticipated installation of the roof lights, which also meant tiling could start, adding another couple of members to our growing team. During the Read More …

Building Blox: Week 13 – Roof structure cont. and ground floor screed

What we did: Roof timber structure cont., Ground floor screed. After last week’s heated dispute, we were all friends again. The chippies continued with the roof timbers and started installing some of the insulation, whilst the rest of the team Read More …

Building Blox: Week 12 – Roof timber structure kicks off

What we did: Roof timber structure started, Finalised roof window positions. This week the carpenters, or ‘chippies’ as they’re called in the trade arrived on site and began putting together the roof structure. The main guy, a seasoned pro, took Read More …