Big Build – Week 4 Steels In, Stairs In, Prep for Roof

This week was all about downstairs. Mainly. We had wondered how on earth we were going to get our steels in (one is nearly 8m long) as the house is surrounded with scaffolding and the driveway isn’t wide enough to swing it round into the garden. First job was to put in the stairs. John…

Big Build – Week 3 New Floor Joists, Walls and Foundation Pads

Week 3 felt like we were having a pause. Mainly because the visible work downstairs slowed down because we couldn’t get a skip on the driveway due to deliveries of blocks, sand and cement for upstairs. We were wrong to think that though as things did continue at pace. Our chief chippy Voodoo (long and…

Big Build – Week 2 Dust, Unhappy Neighbours and More Dust

My goodness. Whatever you prepare for, nothing can prepare you for the dust you get during a demolition phase of a build. We had grand plans of still being able to use the sheeted-off section of our living room each night but it very quickly became clear that the entire living space we are knocking…