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Introduction to us and our (my)dream

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ICF all done, yippee

So last blog had seen me doing my first icf pour, and it was a proper baptism of fire, 3 blokes running around trying to do 4 mens jobs bloody nightmare.  So next stage was to get some scaffolding up and build up the next bit, I decided to buy some scaffolding as I’m building this myself I knew it would be a long term project and renting scaffolding was going to be a complete non starter, so 4 grand later I own a load of scaffolding.    As usual the walls flew up fairly quick
 

Ooh ooh it’s getting bigger.

So in my last thrilling instalment I was moaning about how I had just spent 6 days putting in the first row of blocks  well for the next week I kept on to my mate helping me that I hoped that wasn’t how the rest of it was going to go, I mean 6 days for 1 course, how bloody long was it going to take to do 12 courses.    Well one afternoon we had finished doing a few odd jobs and I thought it was about time to get on with putting up the main walls  right then god loves a trier 
 

Up it goes

So the floors in and it’s time to start putting up this icf stuff       now there’s many ways to build stuff and I chose to build the icf up from the footing blocks and incorporate the block n beam floor in the process, thus locking the ends of the beams in place this first course of blocks would then get filled with concrete up to finished floor level.  With the height difference between the foundation blocks and my block n beam floor, this meant I had to cut

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Russell griffiths

 

Ooh er. I feel a backache coming.

Just a quick update to stay on track, nothing special happening really just lay some blocks, have a cuppa, lay some blocks, have a cuppa, I can’t believe I used to do this to earn a crust the most exciting thing is putting the floor beams in place, I love messing with big machines or fancy tools, the local farmer has been very obliging with his big telehandler, after an hour with the forklift you can start to see some real progress  whilst we have him on site it’s handy to get him to s

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Look at my RING.....beam.

So the piles are in, 29 steel tubes, smashed into the ground, down to a depth of 7.5 m, all filled with concrete  so what’s next  A RING BEAM.  this is basically a steel reinforced beam that spans from pile to pile, so spreading the wall, floor, roof load down on to the piles. Piles in pic.   So the ringbeam consists of a square of 450mm by 450mm reinforced concrete, the traditional method and one I have used in the past consists of cutting ply to the desired size and na

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Russell griffiths

 

OMG WHAT HAVE I DONE.

At the end of my next two blog instalments, you may all be shouting OMG YOU FOOL at the screen a couple of people asked for a no frills no BS account, warts an all they said.  Ok it’s coming i think there are more than a couple of people on here that will probably need a Prozac and a lie down if they even considered going the route I have.  Well time will tell.  If I come back with a blog of how my house fell down or is full of cracks, I will stand here and allow you to

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Russell griffiths

 

Results, and cock ups

When I posted up the first install in my blog there were a few comments saying they want a warts and all blog   ok then let’s see if I can do that, now you will have to bare with me a bit as my spelling is terrible, my punctuation even worse and I’m using one finger to type.    A GOOD BIT.  as you may have seen I removed the cabin from site.  So what did it cost to do this ? NOTHING, ZILCH, NOT A PENNY   so we had two skips to take away some of the wa

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Cabin remodel.

So we’ve got planning for a new house.  Middle of February and it’s just starting to sink in, I told the misses I was going for a walk around the lake to gather my thoughts and get a plan started.  after a walk I made the executive decision that the little hedge would need to go before bird nesting started.  So I grabbed the digger and a box of matches (I do like a bonfire) this won’t take long I thought, soon have it ripped out, bit of smoke won’t hurt it’s a very overcast day. 

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Planning. Slipping in the back door

So I’m laying in the bath (steady ladies) trying to think of a witty title without being to rude  the one I came up with might get a chuckle out of mr @Onoff as I know he likes things that are a bit near the mark.    PLANNERS I hate them  little squirming plebs, just hanging on for their fat council pension  our planning officer even admitted he could earn better money in the private sector but stayed at the council for the pension      BUT I WON. I BEAT T

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Russell griffiths

 

Introducing the Griffiths family

So where do I start without this turning into a life story, when you really just want to see the house.    me and the wife, I’m the one with the stubble.    What are we building ? hmn I don’t know really it’s sort of like a big bungalow  big as in you don’t find many bungalows with 5m high ceilings,  i am still having sweaty moments about the design and hope I haven’t made a gigantic balls up of it all.    this is a pic off the internet that we b

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Russell griffiths