Having once again forgotten the site hopefully there will be a few updates over the next couple of days. I’m back to commuting to London for a couple of days.
It seems that ours was the project that was meant to go wrong for the frame company as well. This was meant to be the stress free part. The bit that someone else worried about and to be fair it was mostly like that, however the second crane not turning up became a bit of an ongoing Joke.
I felt for the erectors, they worked hard to catch up after lost time from the first crane delay, and did so. The second crane not turning up put them back another week and for 2 days nothing happened on site.
I was enable to negotiate some extra work on their side to make up for the delay and bring the builder back a bit earlier to build some walls.
Once complete it transpired that the roof, which should have been redesigned wasn’t. This also meant extra work before the roofers could start, and of course extra money.
Anyway the timber frame is complete and the house is now effectively built. It’s been inspected by Building Control and I have had no feedback from them with regards the structure, I have learnt that assumptions should never be made in building and will follow up with them to make sure.
We signed off the timber frames on Friday, about 30 minutes later it transpired that one of the holes for the Velux was the wrong size. We decided on a bigger window rather than reduce the hole size but that’s a 3 week order as it’s a special product!
The complexities of building still seem to evade me, 100 years ago we built houses and the majority are still standing and people live in them without ill effect. We used to do just that. They had no cavities, no plastic in them, ventilation was because windows didn’t fit properly etc. Now we build houses, they have cavities, so that means I need cavity trays and weep holes in case some moisture gets through the 15mm of waterproof acrylic render and 100m of solid concrete block. Because windows don’t leak air anymore that means I either need to put vents in them or put in a whole house ventilation system.
The issues with the roof design were never really cleared up, I just decided in the end that the cost of insulating it, and then ventilating it because it was insulated and may cause moisture was too much.