Monday, 25 March 2013

Catch Up

Last time I posted I think that we were having problems with the ring beam due to the layer of cellcore being missed out and highlighted by the NHBC inspector. After a bit of argy bargy about who hadn't read the drawings correctly the ground works team were forced to re-do the beam which was completed just before the end of November. As you can see in the photo, the rest of the ground is just a mud bath - when we come off site we're a couple of inches taller with all the clay that clings to your wellies!

Ring Beam

So on to site with the brick layers.... The picture below shows the beginnings of the walls as it was left just before Christmas and before the snows and bad weather came.

Site Before Christmas

We did much mooching about on the site in that strange time between Christmas & New Year and came to the conclusion that the the work done by the brick layers was not of a very good standard - we're not builders but even a lay man can see when there's gaps and messy cement left all over the walls. We kept passing the site and nothing had moved on, We were patient as the weather was freezing but eventually called the builder to ask what's going on....... he'd sacked the brick layers as he wasn't happy with their work or attitude!!

We were okay with him getting rid of bad brickies but anxious to get things moving. By mid February a new lot were on site and woking well. The decision had been made to remove the original brick work and start anew and also to leave the garage to later as access will be tight to the back of the house once the garage is up.

Here are some photos of our lovely new walls going up to damp proof course level 

Looking up towards living room and next level up of hallway & utility

Retaining wall at back of the kitchen and under the utility room

looking down site towards the North

Section of curved wall

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