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Hi Baz, thanks, price was £100 each, at that price I couldn't fill my truck fast enough, they were used over an indoor swimming pool at some big house somewhere in this country, sadly cut in half to make transporting easier. Think I've spent easily over £2k on old bits of oak but I've stopped counting and just carry on paying as I go.

Aldo, very kind of you,  great website and reasonable prices too, thanks for your generous offer but I think I'm all oak beamed out for the moment

Just need one more to find needs to be 6 mtrs long by around 6" x 6", got my eye on one just need to find the time to view it

Measured up for the steel beams and columns this week, going to be quite a few, about 26 at last count 😵, two heaviest should weigh around 570kg each 😵

Nothing lightweight about this man cave build 😎

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Got back from a relaxing few weeks in the mountains and woke up yesterday tired after a 23hr drive back but excited to check on progress, as expect because we have an ace builder I wasn't disappointed

All the hard work Mrs WC and I did before we left chopping down the old stone was well worth it as we couldn't be happier with the look of the new build compare to the old house.

Driveway looks great

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Gable end wall looks good too, it's a slightly different style to the front, a bit more rustic with other types of stone used in places

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Best wall of all is the all important front wall, once I repoint the house and replace the road wash eroded lower stone course it should be hard to spot that the new wall and old wall were built around 250yrs apart 😎 just the sort of look we're trying to recreate

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As it took us a week to cut down 30m2 of old stone I've invested in an ex-demo 16" stone clipping saw, always ty to buy the best kit I can and this is a lovely thing to use. Will hopefully get most of my money back compared to £1000 if I'd rented.

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Looking superb. Stonework is so good. Think you might win the most expensive garage build award at some point though. Your per m price must be astronomical! As my old grandad used to say, if you’re going to do it, do it right! 

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Thanks gents, really pleased with how it's going, loving my commute and working outside instead of in an office staring at a screen

Busybee, not a cheap build but not as expensive as it looks

Just noticed some stone details in the house picture I'd not spotted before which I'll need to include on the new build 🙄

 

 

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A good week so update time!

 Making good progress, mostly been chopping more stone while our builder lays more stone.

Off cut stone mountain is growing 😕 done a lot of cutting, at a guess I'm a 3rd through it all 

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If I'm lucky 1 saw cut per stone but up to 5 cuts as well as some dressing of the edges and face with a hand axe, top is freshly cut, bottom is hand dressed

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Front wall is going up well and looking great, my OCD kicked in so I went for a large 7" course along side the bottom of the windows to match the original house stone courses

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Driveway wall is also looking great with a built in a period correct EV car charging station/cable storage cupboard 😎 will finish it off with reclaimed oak boarded door and rustic wrought iron hinges. My daughter pointed out we don't have an EV car so I explained how man math's works 😉 

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Theme of the week for me when not cutting stone was lintels and padstones (load spreading blocks where steel beams are fitted).

I knocked up a mould using some old scaffolding boards, cut up a bit of spare floor steel mesh to use as reinforcing bars and poured some concrete. 1st batch came out really well, still a bit green and 2nd set I poured today

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Also sanded up some of my reclaimed oak to make some window lintels, didn't go to mad as I'm trying to retain the character of using old wood, they will be left la naturale so they will silver up nicely after a bit of weathering. Middle beam is as bought, others after a good seeing to with an 80 grit sanding disc

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Had 2 work site injuries today, poor Mrs WC has done her ankle in ☹️ while shifting big 8" stone blocks and the water cooling pump on my stone cutter is a bit poorly.

As it's Sunday tomorrow Mrs WC can have a day off 😉 for some R and R but I've got plenty of quiet jobs to be getting on with like measuring up where to smack holes into the house and maybe even a bit of tidying up

 

 

 

 

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Wow, what an excellent project - if it can really be called that!!  

Have you thought of applying to help out on Cross Rail as it is way over budget and timescale?????

 

I always look forward to all the updates and am in awe of your (and wife's, of course!) skills, dedication,  perseverance etc.

RH

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Thanks gents, this week has been a bit bitty so I'll do other update over the weekend, just need to make a bit more progress than we've done so far

I'll also post up a pic of my first erection on this build as over the next couple of weeks everything starts to get a bit big and heavy 😉

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Thanks Drinky.

House won't be for sale when it's finished as we'll have everything we could want from a house and Mrs WC is a keeper 😍 so deserves to not live on a building site again

A bitsa week this week, bits of this and bits of that but still progressing in the right direction

Needed to lower the window on the house, this was the front door until I moved it and put in the window. Not a big job but I took my time as I didn't want to smash up the internal plaster and needed to reuse the window and stone window cill, . Lowered it by 7", all in all little over a day of work, on CAD I could have done it in a few sec's 😁

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Sot the difference!

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Poured up another batch of pad stones, this should be enough for a while

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Biggest job this week was fitting and bolting in 2 steel columns, had to drill 8 off 25mm diameter holes 500mm deep, easy job I though, ah ha not so easy, builders drill was getting too hot so I went out and bought a new 1 meter long drill bit, didn't help much so another trip out to hire a big a$$ drill, still tough going as it too half a day to drill, arms and wrists took a beating but got there in the end 

Had to McGyver up a plunger for the 2 part resin system cartridges, took the full weight of my burly builder and myself to squeeze out the resin, not pretty but it worked.

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Nearly got caught out on the 1st column by how quick the resin took to set, so we positioned the 2nd column before using the resin on the 2nd column, when done it felt like we achieved quite a big milestone, I know how the Roman builders of the Panthean must have felt when they stood back to admire their work 😎

Our builder worked his magic on doing more stone wall work and tied the block work inner wall into the steel columns, once plastered no one will ever know they are there

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My builder fitted the front window stone window cill's, same size, shape and stone to match the house and a thick course of stone at the top of the windows again to match the house.

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Mrs WC and I even got in half a day of stone cutting today, stone to be cut mountain has got taller than me (again) but not more, just re-stacked it to make more maneuvering room

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This morning I had a good tidy up in readiness for my first IB Forum inspection visit, pleased and relived to say RB and Fraser stamped it with a seal of approval, then out for a meal with a couple of other Porsche minded friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Phill said:

New window looks like it's been there forever.

Some muppet has gone and bricked it up already :rolleyes:

The pile of bricks is ridiculous: looks like a lava flow....

 

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On 8/24/2018 at 1:30 AM, World Citizen said:

Got back from a relaxing few weeks in the mountains and woke up yesterday tired after a 23hr drive back but excited to check on progress, as expect because we have an ace builder I wasn't disappointed

All the hard work Mrs WC and I did before we left chopping down the old stone was well worth it as we couldn't be happier with the look of the new build compare to the old house.

Driveway looks great

336284134_IMG_5009-Copy.thumb.JPG.5d935859f457f95143e82f7cf54300d9.JPG

Gable end wall looks good too, it's a slightly different style to the front, a bit more rustic with other types of stone used in places

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Best wall of all is the all important front wall, once I repoint the house and replace the road wash eroded lower stone course it should be hard to spot that the new wall and old wall were built around 250yrs apart 😎 just the sort of look we're trying to recreate

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As it took us a week to cut down 30m2 of old stone I've invested in an ex-demo 16" stone clipping saw, always ty to buy the best kit I can and this is a lovely thing to use. Will hopefully get most of my money back compared to £1000 if I'd rented.

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Didn't realize the legendary Husqvarna bikes company made power tools too.

Very impressed with the work you have put in to this project, its looking great - well done.

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8 minutes ago, Mondrian said:

Didn't realize the legendary Husqvarna bikes company made power tools too.

Very impressed with the work you have put in to this project, its looking great - well done.

Husqvarna make superb garden machinery too. Pro quality ride on mowers, chainsaws, hedge cutters, blowers etc. I’ve had and still have a few. 

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Looking very good good ,  wall ties generally every course these days  around openings  particularly doorways if relying on cavity closures (not a fan but easy ) , especially with stone work as stone is not always coursed with blocks and some may not tie in nice .  

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So pleased with the big Husqvarna saw I bought a small chain saw, not used it yet but seem's a nice piece of kit too

Thank's Henry, if anyone can appreciate the amount of work and quality of the stone work it's you.

I'm leaving it to my builder to do what he think is right. I believe the cavity closures will be plastic hollow sections to stop the cold bridge, I'll then hide these behind some dainty 4" x 8" oak door jams

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Ok , they are often forgotten or missed , particularly as the building inspector prob won't be out again untill joists are in or roof structure finished .  Corner quoins look good , was a little worried when you were planning on 100mm bed ,could of cut L shapes of course . Top job. 

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1 hour ago, World Citizen said:

So pleased with the big Husqvarna saw I bought a small chain saw, not used it yet but seem's a nice piece of kit too

Husky chainsaws will go on forever. I've got a 44 that must be 20 years old. Still fires up first time every time. Great bit of kit for the woodpile. I'm thinking of all of those oak offcuts you'll have and feeling warm lol 

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Great to see Stephen at the weekend and appreciate the mountain of stone.  He's a legend.  In many ways a legend - and right back to his old self, full of about 3 lifetimes worth of projects.  And the brilliant thing is that some of those projects will be revealed right here in due course.

:) :) :) 

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