Monday, 1 December 2014

Barn Update.



I've been 'building'. The interior walls are at last going up. They are constructed of hollow 20 by 40 cm bricks, glued together with plaster. The insulation is an Eco 35 layer Aluminium foil/polyethylene product, plus 10cm of Rockwool, both of which go just behind the 10 cm brick walls as I build.

I'm not a particularly adept wall builder, but with a spirit-level, and a reasonable eye, it all went well. Now I've got the rest of the walls to do; at the rate I'm going I've got at least another 3 months work (if I go at it every day). I'll probably leave the plastering till later, until Bertrand, our electrician, has made his holes everywhere.


I've also done a bit of plastering at the far end. It'll look better when it's painted white, like the half-timbered bit above.

All in all it's really beginning to take shape, and my design is coming together. It's going to make a wonderfully spacious home; we're almost wishing it was us who were going to live there.

Now I need to find a blacksmith who can make some interesting stair handrails for me. Not easy!



19 comments:

  1. You are a master builder, Cro! My husband always says with a spirit level and a good eye you'll create a steady and straight surface. Great job; I look forward to seeing more... Greetings, Jo

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    1. Very much an amateur builder, Jo. But it's true that if one follows certain rules, one can achieve good results.

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  2. Love the look of the half timbered wall. You are a very clever chap, seems like you can turn your hand to anything. Not sure how you find the time to do all your cookery and painting too. Your son and daughter-in-law are very lucky.

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    1. Time is always short, but we manage.

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  3. Tip one looks reminiscent of the interior of a 17th century farmhouse I know. very good.

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    1. It wasn't there until about 3 weeks ago!

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  4. I wish I'd done carpentry. I'm pretty hopeless cf you. But I try, and get a great deal of satisfaction from my efforts. Those walls of yours look marvellous! If we were closer you could have my 12 rimu stair balusters that I bought when I was 22 and have kept all these years, hoping one day to build stairs.

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    1. They'll come in handy... eventually.

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  5. Hang on a minute, wasn't it you who was only saying last week that he was not the slightest bit interested in looking around other people's homes? (Sorry, I couldn't resist it - I enjoy looking around your barn.)

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    1. I was asked; you're being enticed.

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  6. Looks to be coming on a treat Cro. Agree about the handrails - you really need to pick your craftsman and the design carefully - because it is going to be such an important part of the overall picture. And, whatever Tom says, I do like looking round your 'home' when it is as interesting as this.

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  7. You are a very busy man and when it is completed, you will be a very satisfied and proud man - also a very tired one also.

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  8. It is a lucky young family indeed that will live in this creation.

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  9. Cro, your wall looks great to me. I am wondering what this space will be used for. Our definition of barn here in the States is where farm animals live but I'm guessing it's meaning is different where you live. You seem to be gifted in many areas. I'm a push over for getting involved with other people's projects as well. I do enjoy it so I'll be helping others out as long as I can.

    Have a great day working on the barn.

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    1. It was a Tobacco drying barn.... all wood construction. I'm converting it into a home for my youngest son and his family. Lots of work to do still.

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  10. The things we do for our children. Looks amazing, you are good grumpy!

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  11. It's looking great - well done.

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  12. Wow, how exciting to see it taking shape! I have an old barn here that's still very much an old barn.

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