Since the last blog about progress at the house and things on site have moved quickly. The house looks significantly different.
The roof structure is pretty much complete, with just the portions over the porches to the front and rear of the house to go now. The slating of the roof, a little delayed by the heavy snowfall over the past few weeks, is underway and coming along a treat, particularly at the back of the house.
The external walls are also coming along nicely and some of the black cavity closers are still visible, but mostly, the sheathing layer of insulation has been fitted and as such hidden them from view. Things have moved on significantly inside as well. The ground floor has had a layer of hardcore laid in preparation for the remaining floor make up and on the first floor the insulation that goes between the wall studs in the timber frame has been fitted. Some of the spaces between the rafters have been insulated too and the concentration on the guys’ faces is obvious as they fit some of the more complicated shapes into the spaces. This is quite a tricky task that demands precision to make sure the insulation panels fit as snugly as possible, minimising the risk of cold getting into, or warmth escaping, the house. The partitions that will create each room on the first floor are starting to make appearance and in some cases to get into a ‘room’ you can now go through what will be the door into it, which is quite an exciting development.
An unexpected surprise is found walking from the first floor and through to the roof spaces above the garage and workshop/ plant room. Visible from here is the well-crafted wood pellet store where the pellets that will power the biomass boiler will be stored. The store had to be custom made because of its location in the roof space and because of the amount of pellets the client wanted to be able to store. What has been designed and built is an entirely bespoke item that looks almost indestructible and will be able to hold up to 10 tonne of pellets when it’s finished. It’s so well made that it’s almost a shame that it will be closed up and hidden from view!
One other exciting development from site that ends a few weeks of uncertainty here at JAM, is the time-lapse camera we’ve set up to capture the construction process seems to be working again. I suspect that it didn’t take kindly to the amount of snow or the desperately low temperatures it had to endure and temporarily stopped working. However it seems to have recovered from its temporary blip and is back to full cooperative working order. Phew!