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…

Upper floor takes shape

The upstairs is really starting to take shape and we’re beginning to see what the final house will look like. At the moment we still have one (small) window that we can look out of to see the progress upstairs. I hope that we’ll have some access to the eaves on the right here –…

Timber frame joists are added

The walls of our timber frame eco-house extension have been extended up. This is as high up as the walls are allowed to reach – the eaves needed to be at this height to get planning permission. From here upwards it will be the sloping roof – it’s a bit like an attic conversion that’s planned…

Eco-house timber frame

A low breeze block wall has been built on the foundations and then the timber frame goes up really quickly. The windows seem much bigger than I’d expected – that’s a good thing! It is tricky to get a good feel for this sort of thing from the plans.   The opening for the patio doors…

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,…