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Due to me falling over dead last summer and my builder taking on another job while I recovered the start was slightly delayed.

Now work is well under way thought I'd post up progress so far and add updates as when the work happens

My house is on a relatively small plot located in a Conservation Area in a pretty village which means planning permission approval is a little more difficult to obtain. With a bit of jiggery pokery I've managed to have approval to nearly double the size of my house which includes an attached double garage and a garden shed.

I'll leave the garage for another time, it deserves its own thread as the look of the outside will give no clue to what's going on the inside ;)

Rewind to late last year and we got busy preparing the site..........

Amazing what 3 guys, a 9 ton dumper, a 3 ton dumper and 3.5 ton digger can get done in a morning

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Copious cuppa's of tea later, a celebration bottle of Old Hooky and my property was 91 tons of earth lighter in weight

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Looks like you live in a beautiful spot there, well jell.

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Ahh, the  wall...:whistling:

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To gain height whilst keeping the planners happy.

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I feel your pain! in the last 6 months we've added 60 tonnes of soil to level out one part of the garden then in the last few weeks we've dug out 40 tonnes of soil from a different spot to get the height we wanted to build an office and work room - again to get the ceiling height without being higher than the fence.

 

worth it in the end :)

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I thought twenty five tonnes was enough! Seems I wasn’t even trying (it did all have to go in ‘barrows due to no machine access).

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Thanks Phill, we like our little corner of England, shame the Beckham's have moved down the road spoiling the hood with their natural swimming pool and big tree house

Big wall Mrs WC and I built, we took the old wall down and rebuilt it higher in about 12 weeks, the curved wall is all Mrs. WC 's handiwork :wub:

All the digging out was to make the driveway level and as mean and green pointed out to keep the roof height down

I then knocked up some shuttering, put down the vapour barrier, reinforcing steel mesh and squared up the boards

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A very nice lady in a very big mixer truck arrived , no chance of doing a direct pour so we wheel barrowed 200 loads in just over an hour, wasn't feeling too sporty in this pic and slept extremely well that night

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Nice work Mr and Mrs WC. Indeed truly excellent for a dead bloke. :ani_clapping:

Did you insulate the slab?

VT

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In London, we would have built 14 flats in the space ! :o

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Just been reminded by Mrs WC that this is her garden potting shed :whistling:

Thanks VT, no insulation in the slab, you'll have to wait for the insulation porn photos later in the thread as there will plenty of it being used

Beaky, think you mean 14 flats with underground parking, pool and a gym, I pondered about going underground for more space for a small machine shop but thought that was getting a bit greedy on man cave space

After much raking, stamping and tamping the slab was done, had a few anxious hard frosts but we protected it with a tarp and it turned out really well

Slab is 175mm thick with nearly 4m2 of concrete so if we don't like the position I can always drag the it and the whole shed to another place ;)

Dragged my spare Toyota out of the garage into the view as I thought it added a bit to the photos with its vibrant colour

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Well done, I do like a bit of digging!

I had a rough tot up of all the groundworks I’ve done at my place and recon we’ve moved close to 500 tonnes!

 

 

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4 hours ago, Beaky said:

In London, we would have built 14 flats in the space ! :o

It will be a car free development so 18 flats by the time we have added the 4  £400k windowless basement flats where the underground car park would have been. 

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11 hours ago, Aldo said:

It will be a car free development so 18 flats by the time we have added the 4  £400k windowless basement flats where the underground car park would have been. 

Yes, after all, no one in London owns a car as the congestion charge and low emission zones have made everyone sell them. If you haven't been down to the big smokeless lately this is what it looks like :lol:

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Here's one I knocked up earlier.

Still living in a caravan though (coming up 3 years in May) whilst I do the house.

 

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Jonny H trumps me, I needed ‘just’ 23 x 12 tonne loads of Earth away to build my garage!! 

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jonny, you win 'IB Earth Mover of The Year', I only dug out and loaded 120 tons by hand into skips on our rear extension, took a few evening and weekends so this time around I bought in some mechanical help

alastair if that's the size of your shed, how big is your house?

This is what happen's when I don't clearly dimension in meters on my drawing but my builder works in feet :o going to have to chop the roof off my 964 now to get it in my garage

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My punishment for buying a sloping site.   Spent the last 15 years trying to get it level !!   😄

Alastair, hang in there!  6 years in a 'dead man's bungalow' with no heating while I built mine.

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, World Citizen said:

jonny, you win 'IB Earth Mover of The Year', I only dug out and loaded 120 tons by hand into skips on our rear extension, took a few evening and weekends so this time around I bought in some mechanical help

alastair if that's the size of your shed, how big is your house?

This is what happen's when I don't clearly dimension in meters on my drawing but my builder works in feet :o going to have to chop the roof off my 964 now to get it in my garage

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Classic 'schoolboy' scale rule error WC.

VT

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11 hours ago, World Citizen said:

This is what happen's when I don't clearly dimension in meters on my drawing but my builder works in feet :o going to have to chop the roof off my 964 now to get it in my garage

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You are kidding! Surely the builder is not that thick?

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11 hours ago, World Citizen said:

alastair if that's the size of your shed, how big is your house?

Well it started out like this.......

 

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And then I did this (after building the shed first of course :P)......

 

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And now have reached this stage.....

 

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Sorry - didn't mean to hijack thread.

At least you spotted your builder's error in time though!

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Sick with envy now - I'm moving out to the sticks with you guys

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48 minutes ago, R2D2 said:

Sick with envy now - I'm moving out to the sticks with you guys

You are not wrong! :ani_clapping:

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I like your utopian image of London Phill - someone now just needs to photshop in the "streets paved with gold"!

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