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Old 19-10-2018, 05:58 PM   #51
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Friday update time and things have been ticking slowly away this week.

Bulk of the work this week has been knocking through between the kitchen and dining room and preparing the area for the forthcoming steel. This has entailed moving some plumbing to ensure there was enough clearance and also cutting away between the floor joists.

As mentioned in an earlier post, we've had to compromise a bit and retain a small brick nib which wasn't in the original plan. This is the nib from the kitchen side...



...and from the dining room side...





The new soil pipe has started to be located and once the steel is in will be connected back up to the family bathroom.



The soil-pipe will have to pass this section which will be very crowded once the steel is fitted. Still not sure how they will do it but we'll find out soon enough.



In order to make space for the steel some radiator pipes have been temporarily cut and capped off. The plan is to get the steel drilled slightly to allow the pipes to pass through.



The existing gas pipe to the old hob runs straight across the trench dug to fit the extractor conduit so it had to be cut and capped. It will be relocated to against the wall at a later date.



Meanwhile, the brickwork around and under the bi-folds has been filled...





Up at the gable end the steels were clad in preparation for plastering next week.







Electricians have been back today and continued with the 1st fix of the kitchen and dining room areas.



You might notice the coving has also come done in the dining room, this is in preparation for the ceiling being tacked out to run level with the kitchen ceiling next week.



Wall nib ready for steel, steel is going on top the pad stone at the top (last light grey brick at top of new engineering blocks)...



So plan for next week is to finish the electrical 1st fix on Monday, get the steel fitted, get the new ceiling up and hopefully start plastering.

Kitchen is due to be delivered next week with an aim to start the installation the following week. With this in mind, builder is concentrating on getting the kitchen area ready as a priority with the other areas following later.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

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Old 19-10-2018, 06:21 PM   #52
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Another great update. Progressing well. I trust that soil pipes not connected to anything yet? 😂😂😂💩💩💩
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Old 20-10-2018, 06:39 AM   #53
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Cracking update, really coming on now
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Looking good pal.

The 5th pic from the end looking out towards the garden just shows how much of an impressive build this already is and is going to be.
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Thanks all for the kind comments. Glad you’re enjoying the story unfolding.

We’re around 4 weeks away from completion and starting to get really excited. We’ve got some ideas on how to inject some colour and texture into the space but will probably keep it pretty much white to start with. Watch this space...
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Did you mention drilling holes in the steel for pipes? Always told to never do this as the integrity of the structure is compromised.

Project is coming along well and it looks fantastic stood in front of the bi folds
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Did you mention drilling holes in the steel for pipes? Always told to never do this as the integrity of the structure is compromised.

Project is coming along well and it looks fantastic stood in front of the bi folds

I think it depends on the size of the hole and beam. In this case Its an 18mm hole for some 15mm pipe so no problem. Structural engineer has OK’d as well.
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We were thinking of colour but ended up with white ceilings and a very light grey wall.

Strangely from seemingly a long way off, things do come together quite rapidly at the end.
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Evening all, time for an update as it's been a busy week here on site.

So, as mentioned previously the kitchen installation date was agreed 6 weeks ago between the builder, kitchen company and ourselves, essentially this meant the kitchen space needed to be ready for the 29th October. The weeks have past by and things have been ticking along on site but ultimately the space HAD to be ready for the 29th.

Our builder has been stressing about making the date as it only takes one outside trade to let you down and you're up against it. I guess he's learnt from experience and as predicted the structural steel company let us down with the final steel being delayed by a week. So this week has been panic stations in order to meet the kitchen fitting date.

The electricians and plumbers have been back finishing 1st fix, concentrating on the kitchen area in particular. In the background the builders have been doing everything possible to get the area for the steel prepared so it could be fitted quickly and the ceiling sorted. They needed the ceiling sorted as the plasterers were booked as well which has added to the builders stress. We've been impressed though, they haven't moaned and have been working longer days to meet the target.

Thankfully things have gone well since the steel was fitted on Wednesday morning and I think we're going to be ready. The builder has committed to working both Saturday and Sunday to make sure so we should be good.

So, here's some pictures of progress.

Electricians continued 1st fix which included provisioning for a floor box socket.















As you can see the ceiling has been over-tacked to get around the height differences between the dining room and kitchen...






In preparation for the final steel, the floor joists were cut...



Outside, the cables have been run out ready for the lights. I've also got some cat 6 cable being run around to our lounge so we can extend HDMI from Sky around to the extension. Pink cable is for an outdoor speaker.





The plumbers sorted the pipes for a relocated radiator, ran the pipes for the underfloor heating and also secured the hob extractor vent conduit.





Finally the steel was placed in position on Tuesday evening, ready for welding on Wednesday morning.



Steel secured and welded into place...yey!!





New floor joists sections were bolted to the old joists and located into the steel.







As the ceiling needed to be closed, part of the soil pipe has been fitted and the rest will be fitted via access from above (floors up).



A new skip delivered and we're starting to get a bit less cluttered out back...



All channels cut in the floor for the vent, underfloor heating, radiator and water stop-**** relocation were filled.










Boom...ceiling boards all up and ready for plastering...









Today the plasterers started and have made great progress, they've concentrated on the ceilings and will finish off the final bits tomorrow. Sorry for the poor lighting, it was dark...

















Kitchen was delivered today and has been placed under a big dust sheet. Yes...it's white!



That brings you bang up to date, i'll post some better pictures end of the weekend.
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Absolutely brilliant, looks great and what a great thread!
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