Diary of a Self Builder

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Useful Contacts

M&S Contractors, Hereford. tel. 01432 760444

John Meredith Plant Hire & Groundworks, Hereford. tel. 01432 860069

RRA Architects, Hereford. tel. 01432 278707

John Phipps Architect, Hereford. tel. 01432 276424

Nigel Greasley Scaffolding, Hereford. tel. 07977 296967

Ross Roofing, Herefordshire. tel. 01432 769128

Prince Joinery, Hereford. tel. 01432 343332

Robert R McGowan, Plumbers, Hereford tel. 01432 356984 www.robertrmcgowan.co.uk

Devant Designs, (tiles) Hereford, tel. 01432 355377 www.devantdesigns.co.uk

Express Screed Ltd, Ripon, tel. 01765 647068 www.expressscreed.co.uk

3 Counties Air Testing, Hereford, tel. 01432 760236 m. 07582 412694 www.3cat.co.uk

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Weeks 40 - 49 - Long overdue round up

Weeks 40 – 49 – Long overdue round up

Hello and apologies for the distinct lack of updates over the past couple of months. Over the last couple of months, whilst things have certainly been progressing nicely, there really hasn’t been enough to make for a regular interesting read. … Continue reading

Weeks 37,38 & 39 - All a little quiet right now

Weeks 37,38 & 39 – All a little quiet right now

Apologies for the 3 week wait since the last post but the truth is there is just very little to report right now. The concrete that was laid throughout the ground floor continues to dry, helped enormously by the current … Continue reading

Weeks 35 & 36 - Installation of the underfloor heating

Weeks 35 & 36 – Installation of the underfloor heating

The past couple of weeks have been quite interesting – watching the installation of the underfloor heating. In Week 35 the pipes were laid – the pictures below show how they get coverage throughout the ground floor. All pipes lead … Continue reading

Week 34 -

Week 34 –

There isn’t an awful lot to report this week. The large pile of mud that had been piled up at the side of the garage has been distributed around the back of the house, levelling the garden up with the … Continue reading

Weeks 32 & 33 - Internal decorating begins!

Weeks 32 & 33 – Internal decorating begins!

The last couple of weeks have seen some quite significant advances in the build – both internally and externally. Inside, the insulation has gone down on the ground floor and it is now ready for the underfloor heating to go … Continue reading

Weeks 30 & 31 - The garage takes shape

Weeks 30 & 31 – The garage takes shape

A few developments to report from the past couple of weeks. Firstly, the garage steels and trusses arrived and have been lifted in to place, along with the dormer window – so significant progress made here.         … Continue reading

Weeks 28 & 29 - Air tightness testing

Weeks 28 & 29 – Air tightness testing

It’s a Government requirement that all new builds are subject to air tightness testing, and Barrie’s is no exception. So this week a local air testing company – 3 Counties Air Testing – came around to carry out initial testing … Continue reading

Weeks 26 & 27 - Fitting of the oak feature truss

Weeks 26 & 27 – Fitting of the oak feature truss

At the start of week 26 Barrie paid a visit to the joiners (Prince Joinery, Hereford) who were in the process of making the oak feature truss that will be going in to the master bedroom. He got to see … Continue reading

Weeks 21-25 ~ A long overdue self build catch up!

Weeks 21-25 ~ A long overdue self build catch up!

Apologies for the gap in the Self Build Diary over the past few weeks. As a company we attended the Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC at the end of March, so working towards that, as well as the … Continue reading

Week 20 - Chimchiminey

Week 20 – Chimchiminey

Well we’re on to the final stretch of the brickwork now which means that we’re on countdown until the scaffolding can come down (the only glitch being the roof tiles are still to be sorted and until they are the … Continue reading