Tubes to carry light

This tube will carry light down to the middle of the house, lots of light coming through now – but the bottom has been boarded up so we don’t lose any children through the hole! Basically there’s a small round window in the roof, a small round window in the ceiling of the ground floor and…

The roof is finished

The roof is finished! We celebrated by going out to look at wallpaper!!! We won’t be able to wallpaper on to the fresh plaster for about six months, but we want to be ready with the colour scheme. We’ll be choosing paint that complements our wall-paper and that can be put on much sooner. The…

Tiles are going on the roof

The tiles are now going onto the roof of the extension – not long before the whole thing is completely watertight. These tiles were all re-used from the part of the house that was demolished. This is a small saving financially, beneficial in environmental terms as there is no energy needed to make or transport…

Roof is insulated

Insulation is now being added to the inside of the roof. It is being cut and fitted between the rafters before being sealed at the edges to make it extra energy efficient. The insulation is standard sheets of Celotex – the kind of thing that is used in typical brick construction between skins. This insulation stays…

Cupboards in the eaves

This will be our bedroom – we’re hoping to use the space under the eaves as cupboards. We’re so relieved that we managed to speak to the architect in time to stop it being just boxed in with no access. It will be an extra cost but we think it will be worth it as…

The full extent of the extension

The full extent of the extension is revealed and the rest of the house is boarded. The membrane is  on the roof – giving the upstairs of the house the feel of a tent and the slats are being added ready for the roof tiles. The builders have left ladders so we are able to…

Bye bye velux

One of the Velux windows in the attic has now disappeared! Luckily we have another one that is staying that we can view the build and take pictures from: The roof tiles where the extension will join our existing house are going to be removed – leaving us a little exposed. (The attic is packed full of stuff)….

We’re beaming!

One of the slight disappointments with the extension is that despite the beautiful timber frame that we can see at the moment, none of it will be visible at the end. There is no space for Tudor style half timbering on an eco-house – the walls will be insulated and covered inside and out. So,…

Recycled Roof

The first stage of the demolition is not a ball and chain or a bulldozer but a gentle dismantling. The old roof tiles from our single storey bathroom have been removed carefully and most of them are in good enough condition to be re-used on the new roof. There will also be a large triangle of…