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  • 2 weeks later...

thanks Richot1989 glad you're enjoying the updates

Targatogo, it's not that good a build thread but thanks for the compliment

green911, we're really pleased with the stonework, our builder has done a great job matching the original house stone, too good a job for his own good as I've asked him to stay on and re-point the house and repair some lower courses, yes, it's Hornton stone, where about's are you in Oxfordshire?

While I was at work the week before Christmas our builder and Mrs WC worked on the roof joists on the house end of the rear roof, not quite there yet but thanks to their hard work I've only got a few joists left to fit 

I managed a few days over the Christmas break and nearly finished the roof membrane and battens over the garage end, just got a few left to do at the top. Also fitted one roof light, got another 2 left to do.

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I also finished doing the battens on the front side, length of the battens used can nearly be measured in km's and miles :blink:

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Inside space is starting to close in on it's self but with the high ceiling it still feels roomy

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I'll spend a couple more days on the roof before it's back to work for me. With the limited time I have free now I've mentally set myself the target of having the roof all finished by the end of Jan. 🤞 Roof tiling is a quiet neighbour friendly activity which I can do under flood light in the evening.

Until the next update I wish everyone a Happy New Year, an ace 2019 and thanks for following our 'Petit Designs' build which still has a long way to go before it's done!

 

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I'm in Abingdon.

I'm building a house and garage myself at the moment so can appreciate your current position.

Mine is nice and easy (!!!) compared to yours, block and render. I've done stone before, the end result is fantastic and worth the hassle/expense.

I'm much less hands on now, I'm just head labourer and bill payer!!!

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This thread is so 'last year' so here is the first update for 2019, many more to follow

Not getting much time on the build in the evenings  but Mrs WC and our builder are making good progress

Mrs WC deserves a special mention, her 'side project' is shaping up very nicely, when she's not running the house hold she has built/concreted steps up to the garden next to the shed and extended the garden wall

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To make the most of my building time on weekends Mrs Ahab has turned her hand to roofing too, cementing in the gable end tiles. So impressed with how straight/even the tiles are, really finishes of this end of the house

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Our builder has been working on the stone work, front wall and garage rear wall all finished. Now on the end wall the garage ground floor rear extension which adds much needed extra length to the garage space. Believe it or not this part is the only part of the house build that extends beyond the foot print of our original garage foot print

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This weekend Mrs WC and myself tiled half of the front roof, 1500 tiles in 3 hrs, my Iphone health monitor measured 71 stories, 6500 steps, it didn't account for me having 5kgs of tiles in each hand while walking up the ladder  Tiling isn't as hard work as moving stone but it sure stretches the leg muscles

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We worked on the rear too and I also spent some tile trimming up the fascia boards to match the profile of the stone wall

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Just catching up with the latest on this thread......seriously impressive undertaking and awesome attention to detail; I doff my hat to you WC and to the Sterling efforts of Mrs. WC......in years to come, I think you’ll look at what you’ve accomplished and say incredulously “Did I really do all this”?

Regards,

David

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thanks David, it's a very satisfying thing to do and I'm really enjoying the process of building something that has a longer shelf life than a few races

Busybee, garage warming is a long way off, promised Mrs WC I'd do the garage after the house interior is done :cry:, unlike when we originally bought the place  :lol:

No pic's this week as it's always dark but we're making good progress on the roof despite me only doing a bit each evening under floodlight/head torch. Noisy jobs stop at 9pm, quiet lifting/moving work goes on until I hear the village church clock chiming 11pm 

In 1.5hrs I can move 638 or 1406lbs/638kgs of tiles in batches of a dozen up onto the scaffolding, my Iphone measured 6000 steps, 51 floors and 2.5 miles/4km. Fitting them is much easier and only takes 1hr

Not as strenuous as the stone moving so a very pleasant work out after a hard, long day sat in an office staring at a screen while moving a mouse and tapping on a keyboard :ani_nerd:

 

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Was really hoping to post pictures of a fully finished roof ☹️

Wasn't from a lack of trying, spent every spare minute working nights and weekends in the rain, strong winds, snow and in the dark. Even took a day off work last Fri., made good progress but not quite there yet.

Our builder finished off the rear dormer window stonework, as the rear took shape I wished we'd designed in 2 dormer's but just the one has worked out very well. It is almost halfway between our rear extension with it's pitched roof and the end wall of our new build. Really has added some height above the driveway

Also a good lookout for spotting if our rear defenses have been breached by marauding neighbors 😄

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Yesterday in the wind and rain we has a 'topping out' moment, the fitment of the first roof ridge tile, rightly deserved honors of cementing it on had to go to Mrs WC.  We endured the weather to do about half of the ridge tiles too

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Rear is now water tight (ignoring the 2 roof light holes ) and nearly fully battened, just got the dormer to do and replace a few broken battens I snapped while climbing up and down. I also trimmed up and fitted the tiles around the garage roof light

I have one small slight tiling problem, I mean challenge :unsure: to sort  it's in full view if you can find it

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The front is pretty much done, doesn't look too bad considering I tiled most of it in the dark with only a head torch for illumination. Only have the bottom 2 courses to finish but need to fit the fascia boards and rainwater guttering first

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Today was spent trimming the end tiles and fitting the lead soaker's up to the old house. These allow the rain water to drain down the roof and not soak into the wall. They will be covered by another single piece additional heavier weight lead flashing

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Got plenty of night jobs planned this week but snow is forecast so I may have to get a bit creative with my job list

 

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I have one small slight tiling problem, I mean challenge :unsure: to sort  it's in full view if you can fnd it 

 velux flashings ? May be wrong ifs been a while , batten staggering would be the obvious one . Comming along nicely though and looking good .  Dormers rooflights always take a lot of extra work . 

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I remember you were a little worried blending the two coloured tiles and how they would look .  I would say they look very good overall top job . Its quite tricky getting the tiles to run to the exact tile when filling in a gap as you are doing . I expect you have put some guide marks every meter or so to stop creep when laying  😉  and keeping on track . 

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13 hours ago, Lesworth said:

Be careful on that ladder, Stephen. 

Will do! Had quite a ride on a ladder in my youth while painting a black and white timber garage, one wall ended up with an extra vertical strip while I hung onto the ladder riding it in down to the ground like a rodeo cowboy 😄

3 hours ago, mean in green said:

The one dark tile to the right of the pulley?!

Damn you 😉 hadn't spotted that rogue tile

My roofing challenge is to make the top 5 rows of new tiles blend into the top 4 rows of old tiles just left above the LH velux, Tile spacing on the new matches the old but if I'd kept it going using the old battens as a guide the new battens would be on the pish and the top the top batten would be in fresh air 🤔 

As my eyes are not on the side of my head so couldn't keep track of old/new roof battens at the same time as nailing, also I'm crap at counting so sort of missed out  this minor detail until a few battens from finishing 😲

I have a cunning, almost invisible plan to get around it but if anyone has any suggestions I'm all ears

 

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Good news, snow only last a few days so I've made some roofing progress

Spent the weekend working on the front and due to the sequence of roof work I couldn't just carry on the tiling from the old house a couple difficult parts on the rear roof raised their ugly head's and wouldn't go away.

2 new tiles rows had to blend into one old tile row (my builder informed me this is called a 'pig' )

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Also had to add some tile and halves above the LH roof light window to get the tile spacing to work. Was quite pleased when my builder said this was fine as I'd considered slicing a few mm off 8-10 tiles on each course to try and disguise the mismatch which would have taken forever

All part of the fun of blending new into old, close up of the difficult areas. Hard to spot from the ground and once covered in green moss should be impossible to spot. With Mrs WC's help we also finished off the ridge tiles 

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Took a day off work today, a bit short notice as I only asked yesterday lunchtime  but the weather yesterday was dreadful and I was on a mission to finish the front roof, so needs must

Tiling done, lead work flashing to the old house done, fascia boards done and guttering all done, my front roof work is complete 

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Reason for the big push on the roof is I'm fed up of the scaffolding blocking the view as I'm getting impatient and want to see what we've built. Next update will be the big reveal with front and gable end scaffolding removed 😎

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“Pigs” are the kind of thing (error) you see on random or diminishing course slating where a constant gauge has been maintained rather than adjusting (reducing) the gauge on a couple of courses to suit the length of the slate and maintain the lines. Yours looks to have come about by battening into, rather than away from the existing roof. (Could be mistaken on that one). As long as you have sufficient headlap it should be fine Stephen, but most involve stretching the margin, and by inference reducing the headlap, resulting in a leak over time. Worth checking the headlap in that area is equal to or greater than the rest of the roof.

VT

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2 hours ago, Von Twinzig said:

“Pigs” are the kind of thing (error) you see on random or diminishing course slating where a constant gauge has been maintained rather than adjusting (reducing) the gauge on a couple of courses to suit the length of the slate and maintain the lines. Yours looks to have come about by battening into, rather than away from the existing roof. (Could be mistaken on that one). As long as you have sufficient headlap it should be fine Stephen, but most involve stretching the margin, and by inference reducing the headlap, resulting in a leak over time. Worth checking the headlap in that area is equal to or greater than the rest of the roof.

VT

VT.....that is such an erudite and technical description of the situation. Made me wonder how your average builder would have described the same proceedure.....

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