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Stairs and balustrade

Stairs and balustrade

Starting to put in the exciting stuff.   The stairs measurements were taken back in August and we then had to have a good think about what type of timber and finish we wanted.   The vaulted ceiling had a bit more structural work and being the most interesting feature in the house and we decided that this would be good place to invest in a high finish and we decided go with a solid oak stairs and balustrade with toughened glass panels.    Like many self builders we h

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Stove

Stove

As we are building on a croft with an area of woodlands, the stove was a consideration at the initial design stage and we wanted it to be at the very heart of the house. As well as being the focal point of the living room, it was also considered from a practical point of view as to how the heat would be distributed throughout the house, as often I have heard that a stove can overheat well insulated rooms, resulting in a waste of money and just really something to look at.    The work l

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Taping and filling

Taping and filling

Time for another update.   Most of our work this month has been focused upon finalising the kitchen design, stair, stove etc.    Tangible work on the house has consisted of the taping and filling and fitting the last bit of ducting.   Not terribly exciting, but it's all progress. Here are some photos.         Next up I need to resolve an ongoing treatment tank problem which will be covered in a separate entry. We hope

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Plaster boarding

Plaster boarding

Time for another update.   Our joiner has pretty much finished the plaster boarding.   Here are some photos of the progress made.   Kitchen/dining room     Our bedroom. Our joiner has started to construct the internal partitions, we now have an ensuite and some cupboards.       Living room      Triple velux arrangement     Upstairs kids living room    

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First fix plumbing, ducting and stove blockwork

First fix plumbing, ducting and stove blockwork

The sparkie had done his bit and we were now waiting on the plumber.   Not much to see here just your standard first fix plumbing.     We had a couple of dust sheets removed before the scaffold went down. It was great to have our kitchen view back it had been almost a year.     Moving onto the ducting I had previously ordered.     A 45 degree bend was deemed easier to fit so now I got to get that ordered.    We al

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External painting

External painting

With the rough casting having completed its two month cleansing period, I was keen to get painting.   I started with a roller but found it to be ineffective in getting into all the nooks and crannies, therefore this was going to be a brush job. Most of the time was spend dealing with the edges near windows, cladding and soffits. The use of insulation sheets provided a good screen to any paint gone in the wind.   I concentrated on the gables first and was able to use trestles

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Electrical first fix/Ducting order

Electrical first fix/Ducting order

We are now working our way through first fix for the self build.   Our electrician has been busy drilling holes and threading many reels of cables around the house.       The other area where we have made some progress is the ducting system.   I’ve never ordered ducting before and it took me some time to order all of the parts and then have them to delivered to Skye.   This came into two deliveries, both times some of the items were d

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Insulation 3 and rendering

Insulation 3 and rendering

The last entry was back in February when we put down some much needed flooring and we have made some progress on both the interior and exterior of the build.   The first job was insulating the first floor.    Two layers of 80mm quinn therm was then fitted between the rafters leaving a ventilation gap to the sarking/breathe membrane.     A final layer of 25mm quinn therm layer on top with a service void.   For the flat ceiling we used a couple of
Flooring 1

Flooring 1

Most of the internal work to date has focused on insulating the suspended timber floor and with this completed our joiners could come back and put down the sub floor.   We considered two different materials for the subfloor:   22mm OSB or 22mm Chipboard.   We decided to use chipboard as it was 25% cheaper then OSB. Plywood would have been another option but this would have been more expensive than the chipboard as well.   To do this job we needed just over

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Insulation 2

Insulation 2

As the winter weather has prevented us from moving forward with the rendering and other exterior work we have been working on finishing off insulating the suspended timber floor.     We had a short wait for the plumber to install some drainage below joist level, once this was done it allowed us to finish off fitting the insulation boards. We then used expanding foam along the edges of the boards to ensure no gaps.   The next job was fitting the frametherm as the se

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Insulation 1

Insulation 1

Our efforts in the latter part of 2018 was spent on getting the exterior properly wind & watertight. With just the render left to do, we could now concentrate on the insides.   Starting to insulate the suspended timberfloor was the first job to do.   We attached some little bits of timber to the underside of the joists, which will keep the insulation boards in place. Our primary insulation for the groundfloor is Quintherm 65mm (another two layers of insulation will be add

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Cladding part 2

Cladding part 2

Following on from finishing our blockwork a few weeks ago, our brickie came back the next week and fitted the concrete cills.   We then had a short wait before before our joiners could come back on site and fit the remaining Siberian larch cladding. Here are some photos.       The next exterior job will be rendering, but with the winter weather it might be some time before this can be done. Our attention will now be concentrated on getting the house to 1

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Blockwork

Blockwork

Our blockwork started three weeks ago. This was always going to be weather dependent and it was mixed for the first two weeks in November but since then we have had a really good weather window where its been calm, sunny and not too cold which allowed the remaining work to be completed.     Our brickie was fitted a temporary gutter which could be taken off when required.   This gable end is where the prevailing wind comes down off the mountains, we have shelt

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Guttering

Guttering

In our last blog entry we completed the roof.   Guttering was one of those areas in the build that I had never really given much thought to. After doing some research, and asking on here, we came across cast iron effect guttering from Brett Martin. Unfortunately the lead time to get the guttering to Skye was quite long (3-4 weeks). When the outlets and fascias finally arrived, the actual guttering was missing having been lost in transit. We had to order it again, waiting another three

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Roofing 2

Roofing 2

In my last post we were waiting on two items arriving from our suppliers: Velux flashing kits and a metal roof to be fitted at the back.   The velux flashings arrived first and we were able to make good progress and finish this side.       Our joiner then came back on site to fit the metal roof. Unfortunately as mentioned in my Terrible Thursday post the flashing arrived at the incorrect angle, the plan was then to use the lead, but thankfully we d

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Roofing 1

Roofing 1

We started the roofing last week.   We decide to go for CUPA 3 heavy slates, these are a thick spanish slate and designed for the weather we get in the Hebrides.        Let's hope they do what they say on the crate.   The first job was setting out the the various lines using a line and some red brick dye. Our roofer than graded some of slate pallets into different levels of thickness and any rejections.   Now my job was to carry the slates

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Larch cladding

Larch cladding

Cladding now installed on the utility and porch.       Unfortunately, the rest of the cladding will need to wait until the start of the block work starts in a month or so.   I have also been busy nailing away and fixing what felt like a million truss clips.          

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Windows

Windows

The windows were delivered last Friday.   They arrived in three pallets, two of them were lifted off by the lorry's tail lift and a pallet truck. The larger pallet had to have the windows taken off manually.   Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of the offloading as it was all hands on deck.   I was however involved in the lifting of the windows, on average the windows were about 75kgs each, but the french doors were double at 150kgs.     Here are som

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Sarking and Velux windows

Sarking and Velux windows

With the fabricated trusses already fitted on site. The next job was to create the middle section of the roof, this part was cut on site and it was quite satisfying helping to fit the rafters into place.     We had some good weather for this job and I was pleased once these were all in place.   The next task after this was creating the bridles for the Velux windows, fitting the smaller lean to rafters and then the gable ladders.     After this,

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Structural timber 5

Structural timber 5

This was one of the days that I was most excited about, the raising of the roof trusses.   Our joiners used our trusses as a template for constructing the gable end panels.    The trusses then just went in one by one.      3 lengths of Kerto were spiked together to form our central ridge beam.     The middle section of the 1st floor is being hand cut on site by our joiners. Our children will have a room on each gable. The middle secti

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Structural timber 4

Structural timber 4

The attic trusses arrived today after making a three hour journey from Inverness to Skye.    Offloading took place at our site entrance.     Our joiner did a great job weaving between odd trees on our access.     Trusses unloaded and ready to start being fitted over the next few days.   Had a sneak peak on the top of the scaffolding to get a view from where the treble velux windows will be fitted.       

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Structural timber 3

Structural timber 3

Some day for it.   Today was one of those special days where suddenly years of work starts to come together in front of your eyes.     No machinery here just elbow grease.       It was all going so well until the building inspector turned up.       A few internal load bearing walls to be finished and then on Monday we have the telehander coming to stay for a couple of weeks, followed by the delivery of th

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Structural timber 2

Structural timber 2

Our joiners finished our ground floor joists last week and have been making our panels this week.     Hopefully tomorrow we will have the ground floor panels raised.

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Structural timber 1

Structural timber 1

Following the completion of the foundations, we now moved onto putting the kit up.   After putting together a list for our timber merchants we are now ready to start. The materials for framing and sheathing arrived last week.   The house will be stick built by a team of two joiners, with prefabricated trusses arriving on site in a few weeks.   Today marked the first day of joinery. The first job was attaching the wall plate followed by cutting the suspended timber f

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Foundation 4 - Final stage

Foundation 4 - Final stage

It's been a quiet few weeks on the house site waiting for the contractors to come back,  but we have done the following:   Building control and quantity surveyor inspected the works carried out to date The plumber supplied our the internal drainage. Anchor straps fitted. Alum clad, triple glazed windows order finalised and placed Attic trusses design reviewed and finalised    We are now commencing the final stage of the foundations. In filling t

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