Week10 - 17Dec 2001

This week on the garage: 

the brickies finish, the oak beams arrive & are fitted. I start insulating the roof.

and on the house: 

the steel for the footings arrives and the long slow process of fitting it all together begins...

Oh yes, and it snows.

I arrive home Tuesday to find the oak beams fitted at last! Now work can accelerate on the garage walls and roof. A quick trip to the garage transforms my Saab Convertible into a turbo-diesel Toyota Hi-Lux
0730 next morning, the brickies arrive and I am dispatched to the merchants for more cement. The bricklayers are all local and are all related in one way or another. Dick and Derek Baldwin.
Derek again and Yogi Baldwin. Thus far - I can't praise them too highly. Their work has been of the highest quality, completed (within reason) when promised and their price was within 10% of my estimate. I have known them for 30 years or so and they have a very good reputation locally. They have never had to advertise for work and are not short now! Nonetheless, if you are intending to build in the Cambridge, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds area they may be able to help. See the Links Page
The sun sets on the garage - and the bricklayers! They will be back for the house in the new year.
Now a job for me - fitting the insulation to the garage roof. As mentioned earlier, I have opted to insulate this roof in case we change the workshop's use in the future. This roof is to be constructed in exactly the same as the house using the "warm-roof" method. This removes the need for ventilation. It is quite straightforward. The Celotex insulating boards are basically expanded polystyrene sandwiched between 2 sheets of tin foil. The thickness will be dictated by the level of insulation required - in this case 38 mm, the thicker 54 mm sheets will go on the underside of the garage ceiling.
The boards are secured length-ways across the rafters (the joints of subsequent rows must not occur on the same truss). The joints are taped with metal foil. Counter battens are fitted on top of the insulation vertically up the trusses using Helix Inskews - they look like a drill bit and twist as you hammer them in. They prevent battem bounce as you hammer them in and will not come loose. They are not cheap though - £23/100 and I needed a 1000 for this roof! Finally the roof will have conventional battens fixed horizontally to the counter battens over a breathable membrane (not conventional felt).
Friday 22nd December 1525. The boys are in the Christmas spirit merrily fixing the steel together in "the hole".
1610, 2 inches of snow and they have gone home. Who can blame them!

Merry Christmas!

Is this the last work before Christmas? No chance, see you next week!