January 5, 2017
The Utility room splashback tiling is now underway...
January 5, 2017
The Utility room splashback tiling is now underway...
December 17, 2016
Over the last few weekends we have made some concrete panels for the bench seat in the dining area.
November 30, 2016
This week I finished the WWHR installation....
November 26, 2016
Today we had some ice on the outside of the windows!
November 25, 2016
Fire stopping and insulating the SVP
October 23, 2016
We have now taken the scaffolding down on the north and west elevations
to let these two sides start to weather properly over the coming years.
October 19, 2016
Here are some brief shots of some patterns made during the last phase of cladding...
October 19, 2016
Today we had our final airtightness test and the result was.....
October 16, 2016
This week we began the ‘crumpled’ ensuite ceiling in the master bedroom.
October 6, 2016
This week we took down the top tier of scaffolding to the North and West elevations.
September 17, 2016
During the previous month we have made some further progress on the North elevation cladding & given the West elevation a haircut!
August 1, 2016
North elevation ready for cladding!
July 10, 2016
This weekend we finally decided to go for it and construct the integrated planter!
July 3, 2016
As the cladding progresses the form of the building is becoming more apparent...
May 20, 2016
This week we finished the last of the ceiling Fermacell boards...
May 14, 2016
Today we had some beautiful plywood boxes fitted.
April 1, 2016
This week we finished the bathroom tiling.
March 30, 2016
All of our free time time month has been spent finishing the upper storey floor finishes....
March 2, 2016
Today saw the installation of the staircase!
February 25, 2016
Staircase construction underway!
February 20, 2016
This month saw the second phase of the plastering completed.
January 20, 2016
This month featured more preparations to get ready for the next phase of plastering....
January 5, 2016
Over the Christmas holidays we progressed the plumbing first fix....
December 14, 2015
This week we began our kitchen installation!
December 9, 2015
This week we had the first phase of plastering undertaken.
December 4, 2015
This week the solar thermal & PV installations begin...
November 15, 2015
This weekend we took part for the second year in the Passivhaus Trust Open Days...
October 10, 2015
Electrical first fix completed!
October 3, 2015
One more cladding post before autumn!
September 28, 2015
A brief interlude from the cladding posts as the MVHR valves arrived after being powder coated!
September 23, 2015
More cladding on the west elevation....
August 17, 2015
And finally…. we begin the cladding!
August 7, 2015
(More) pre-cladding preparations...
July 26, 2015
This week we undertook some pre-cladding preparations...
June 29, 2015
Today the service cavity batten
June 28, 2015
This weekend we installed the
acoustic flooring system by Fermacell throughout the first floor.
May 27, 2015
Sprinkler installation first fix begun!
May 2, 2015
The upper floor ceiling has now been
May 1, 2015
Mains water installation completed.
April 29, 2015
This week we began the installation
of the acoustic ceiling system.
April 2, 2015
This week we began the first fix for
the internal foul drainage pipe work...
March 30, 2015
Finally the weather has allowed us to now complete our below ground drainage…
March 13, 2015
After a few false starts due to the wind, today, on Friday the 13th, we finally had our intermediate airtightness test... and the result was a fantastic 0.1796 ac/h!!
March 8, 2015
This weekend we finished the insulation to the roof perimeter (with a little help from our friends!).
March 1, 2015
We have now fitted the the MVHR intake and exhaust through the external wall, as well as the soil vent pipe (SVP)...
February 23, 2015
We have also now added some additional insulation around the inside of the rooflight upstands, and taken the airtightness membrane up to the top edge....
February 22, 2015
This weekend we completed the airtightness at the ground floor perimeter and the ground floor slab service penetrations...
February 20, 2015
We have now more or less completed the airtightness around the doors and windows....
January 17, 2015
Lately we have been fixing the membrane to the first floor ceiling and tidying it up at the first floor junction....
January 9, 2015
This week we also finished the external wall insulation and Spano Durelis boarding in the double height space...
January 3, 2015
Today we set about fixing a pesky screw that was sticking through the airtightness membrane above one of the external doors!
December 1, 2014
Today our ventilation first fix began!
November 30, 2014
This week we also began the process of making the window and door reveals airtight!
November 29, 2014
This week we had to do some preparation for the ventilation first fix, which is scheduled to start next week.
November 16, 2014
Since the open day we have now finished completely the external insulation over the window frames.
November 9, 2014
This weekend we had lots of interesting visitors to the house as part of the Passivhaus Trust Open Day event.
November 6, 2014
We have now completed the weather proof layer that goes under our aluminium window cills!
October 16, 2014
This past month has seen a variety of areas of our house build progressing, with a mixture of tasks including more external wall insulation, over-insulating the window frames, and the installing of some glulam post balustrading / support for our stair, which you can read some more about in our last post!
October 10, 2014
This week we installed the glulam posts that will form the support for the side of the staircase and the balustrade!
September 19, 2014
Today we had a visit from Chris and Richard from Bauder who showed us how to lay our sedum roof covering, and gave us some handy installation tips!
August 22, 2014
After a 2 week break from works on site, the last 3 weeks in August have seen us move on to progressing the external wall insulation, and beginning some of the internal racking board...
July 18, 2014
This week we almost completed the external Gutex insulation, which has several key functions in the construction....
July 11, 2014
This week we finished insulating all of the 'gaps' or hard to reach points in the external wall construction prior to the external racking board being fitted.
July 7, 2014
The Bauder felt roof covering and insulation are now complete, which means that our roof is now waterproof!
June 26, 2014
The last two weeks have certainly been as hectic as the ones before, with really good progress made on site in preparation for the roof waterproofing, which will be starting tomorrow!
June 13, 2014
Over the last 2 weeks works have been progressing well, and we are now well under way with the roof construction!
May 30, 2014
Over the last fortnight the upper storey has progressed well, and work finished today at the roof level.
May 15, 2014
The last 2 weeks have seen the timber frame progress up to the first floor level....
May 2, 2014
The second week saw the construction of almost all of the remainder of the single storey external walls (inner leaf), and the majority of the internal walls as well.
April 25, 2014
At the end of the first week we have the beginnings of the east and north elevation external walls in place!
April 23, 2014
The sole plates being installed...
April 22, 2014
Today the first delivery arrived for our timber frame and works began for the next stage on site!
March 27, 2014
This morning we went to site to see our finished slab!
March 26, 2014
Today the concrete slab has been poured! This will form our floor finish and is a key element of the build.
March 25, 2014
After a speedy few days the team from Construction Form Scotland have got the site ready for the concrete raft foundation!
March 15, 2014
This weekend we had 4 of our good friends over to help us lay the Isoquick insulating form work system....
March 14, 2014
Today we are officially 'out of the ground'!
March 13, 2014
Today saw the installation of the below ground drainage and some duct runs for other services
March 10, 2014
After a brief break last week today saw the start of the 'filling' back in of the formation hole....
March 6, 2014
Structural Engineer's Visit
March 4, 2014
Today the formation was roughed out and you can start to see the shape of the building in the ground...
March 3, 2014
The big dig has begun on site today!
January 16, 2014
This week should allow us to make some final decisions regarding suppliers and labour for the shell of the house...
January 5, 2014
We have been working hard getting our response to warrant points returned to the council and it was certainly an interesting process....
September 28, 2013
More on the topic of making the layers in the construction work harder....
September 27, 2013
Yesterday Martin and I spent the day attending the 'Better Building Fabric First' course in Ireland...
August 23, 2013
This has been another energy based week...
August 16, 2013
Trial holes dug for land contamination investigations...
August 15, 2013
The ups and downs of achieving our sustainability goals...
July 10, 2013
Further investigations into window options...
July 2, 2013
We have now received planning permission for our passivhaus...
June 6, 2013
A week or so ago we visited what we believe to be the UK's only certified Passivhaus B&B for an overnight stay - it was lovely!
April 26, 2013
Today we went to visit a Gaulhofer window installation at none other than Andy Goldsworthy's house!
April 12, 2013
Trial holes dug for percolation tests...
April 11, 2013
At last... After a very busy few weeks we have finally submitted our planning application...
March 22, 2013
We have now had a written response regarding our pre-application consultation...
March 11, 2013
I am now officially a Certified European Passive House Designer!
February 24, 2013
Almost ready for the trial holes...
February 22, 2013
We had a really interesting meeting earlier this week with Robbie from Let's-talk-windows...
February 14, 2013
Just a little something to do with the water cycle...