We’re in!

January 15, 2008

A bit of a gap since my last update but things have been rather absurdly busy. We’ve moved in with a few weeks to spare before baby number two arrived. He and mum are doing well if not getting much sleep.Here are some photos of it now complete.  I’ll continue to update with how it is to live in along with details of the heat pump and rainwater harvesting in action – there are already a few teething problems (with the house systems – not the baby).                                            Rear living roomStreet ElevationDining room0519luke102.jpg

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Stair takes shape

June 29, 2007

The stair that’s being built from sustainably sourced Larch by Tin Tab has been assembled down in the workshop near Lewes in West Sussex and I went down to have a look.
It’s looking good although rather difficult to get the impression of the vertical slot going up three floors from within the warehouse.
Here’s a pic of the ground to first floor standing in all its woody glory.

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Patent glazing arrives

June 25, 2007

The back of the site, sorry house, has become water tight with the patent glazing and then the rear doors going in. Good job too with this weather.

Here’s a snap of the patent glazed section.

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Scaffolding comes down

June 8, 2007

Things are progressing and the scaffolding is down so now the world can see what’s been covered up for so long. No screams of horror from the neighbours so far.
More pics to come soon.

front elevation detail


Monmouth hits the press

April 28, 2007

On thursday this week there was a piece on the house in the Independent newspaper, focussing on the ground coupled heating system.
In case you missed it here’s a link to the online edition.
http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/lifestyle/article2484664.ece


Windows arrive – but what’s the colour?

April 24, 2007

We were expecting the windows and kept getting told that the German factory weren’t able to give a precise delivery date. In the end they were only a week late but when I saw them on site it was obvious they were the wrong colour. We ordered light grey and they were dark.
Happily they actually looked better if anything so we decided to keep them.
In fact they look great.
Unfortunately the glass roof for the second floor conservatory didn’t arrive which prevents the render going on at the back. Some of the window cills and aluminium trims were still to be made up which stopped the render at the front being installed. The delay in the render delays the scaffolding coming down.
Oh, and half the windows have tiny imperfections in the glazing which needs to be replaced. Thankfully this can be done from the inside and doesn’t affect the programme. And the timber louvres are also still somewhere in Germany.
Ah, the joys of the construction industry.
Attached is a pic looking from the rear at second floor conservatory.

2F rear windows

And one of the 1F bedroom window
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Where oh where oh where the windows?

March 22, 2007

All was proceeding reasonably smoothly, with the Contractor pulling out all the stops in readiness for the arrival of the windows on Thursday 15th March. Needless to say on Wednesday, chasing up an arrival time I discovered they were not coming at all. In fact there still seems to be no clarity on when they might arrive. It’s the lack of information that’s totally maddening.
Having been awarded the contract on the basis that they had confirmed the delivery date for week beginning 12th March I am less than impressed. The only saving grace is that we haven’t paid them a penny to date so if they continue to mess around we will go elsewhere.
The window are made from sustainably sourced spruce, with high performance glazing and are manufactured in Germany by Seufert Niklaus. Here’s a link to their website:
http://www.seufert-niklaus.de/index.php?land=en
Latest ETA is friday this week. We will see……
Sample window