Another delay to the window delivery, so lucky we took a gamble and dropped enough scaffold to allow progression of the extension across the gable end in the meantime. We've been so lucky with the weather it's frustrating we can't make the house weathertight before it turns.
Porch is progressing well out front. Timber frame of '6x2's to walls has been infilled with Rockwool Flexi, with 140mm Rockwool Frontrock Max E Dual Density (DD) slab providing the tea cosy. Solitex Fronta Quattro membrane is used for the outside wind tight layer for it's suitability with open jointed cladding. All held on by vertical battens screwed through the DD slab to the studs. It's rock solid, unlike the original porch.
On the roof is 300mm Rockwool Flexi between the Larsen truss type beams, topped out with 60mm Rockwool Hardrock. U-value for wall and roof=0.12 W/m2K.
Last week saw removal of the tree stumps with thanks to Wainwright Stump Removal, whose almighty remote controlled Bandit stump grinder gave them short shrift. Not sure there will be one of those in the extension again.
We were surprised to find this drawing recently, tucked away in the house deeds, prepared by one George Grenfell-Baines, founder and first chairman of BDP.
Who put that scaffold there?! A right tangle of scaffold and timber frame. Trouble is we can't take it down until the external wall insulation is on, and this won't happen until the windows are in. Windows expected in 2 weeks...
In the blink of an eye the first section of timber frame for the extension went up today. Low and discrete it isn't, and there's at least another 400mm on top for the roof insulation. Mind you we're impatient to see the back of those conservatories.
NB. blue sky in Stockport.
Back to Hereford earlier to pick up 180 freshly sawn cedar boards for cladding the porch and extension. Simple square edge boards cut on a vintage Stenner bandsaw by HW Morgan & Son, they of hand cleft ash tent peg fame. The log came from woods at Stoke Edith. Now stacked and drying in the back garden, and wafting that distinctive cedarwood aroma across the site - camphoraceous top notes with woodsy, balsamic undertones.
Russel and Anna Hayden