As one task ends, so another begins…

We are happy to report that we did manage to lay the final block on this building last Friday, 31st May, to complete the twelve courses of blocks required before we start building the roof. We are ‘resting’ this now, partly so the mortar can harden, and partly so we can return to building the suites as we need to roof them as soon as possible. We are happy, though, that the ‘barn’ now looks substantial…

…rather than something only part built (even if that is the truth of the matter) and we are comfortable to leave it at this stage for a few months. The picture below shows the building as on 31st May, whilst the picture below that…

…was taken on 31st March- so no wonder we are feeling a little weary, given the weight of blocks we have moved in the last 60 days! We now return our attention to the suites (as we now have revised drawings, all ready for us to use). You can see below that left hand suite had no timber front wall in March, because an inspection in December informed us we needed to insert a fire stop….

between the new block wall and the timber wall that would adjoin it. Now that we finally have plans that show this detail, we have put it in place…

…shortly followed by timbers butted up to the fire stop; timbers to support the lintel; plywood to stiffen the whole structure; and just as we were starting to measure up for adding the joist hangers, our guests for tonight started arriving, so we have packed in the building work for another day whilst we become hoteliers again!

It is so lovely to be back working on the timber structure, as we are both seriously looking forward to getting to the roof level – and – if you are too, just watch this space!!

2 thoughts on “As one task ends, so another begins…

  1. You are all so busy & productive and I’m just watching tennis from Roland- Garros… great to see your progress, best wishes Julie

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