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Latest Blogs

  • Visual Diary #3

    Posted by Laura Lewis-Davies on Tuesday 7th April 2015

    A few snaps including: Our road, the obstacle course The slab Davies and the meter cupboard Evidence that a cat and a fox have been in my studio! The site hut The sample panels Blocks on site Dummy window frames And of course the obligatory self-build selfie (by the kitchen door)

  • Cocktail Mixers & Mortar

    Posted by Laura Lewis-Davies on Tuesday 7th April 2015

    So, I hope you had a lovely long Easter weekend? We used it wisely to get on site (Davies) and to replant the roof terrace and riverside terrace of our existing house (me) ready to put it on the market. It rained. A lot. But progress was made: site was lovely and tidy ready for...

  • A Visit To Devon

    Posted by Joe Shimbart on Monday 6th April 2015

    Since it is Easter you get a double blog post today! Carpenter Oak is manufacturing the green oak frame in Devon. I decided to visit their workshops in the beautiful Devon countryside to see my frame being made. I have seen the frame drawings and plans for many months but...

  • I Don’t Believe it has Finally Started

    Posted by Joe Shimbart on Monday 6th April 2015

    Well I finally started the build after all this time. Even I was beginning to think I would never write a blog about the actual build!! I looked at a few options for the ground-works stage. The quickest, easiest and most efficient way would have been a ground-works specialist....

  • Spring has Sprung

    Posted by Rebecca Clutton on Sunday 29th March 2015

    I’m starting to allow myself to get just a little bit excited now. As you’ll see from the photos, loads of progress has been made over the last few weeks and the house is really coming along.

  • Visual Diary #2

    Posted by Laura Lewis-Davies on Saturday 28th March 2015

    A few snaps from when the concrete foundations were poured to preparing the concrete slab - featuring lots of lovely Visqueen and mesh!

  • Finally I Can Start

    Posted by Joe Shimbart on Sunday 22nd March 2015

    Well I am very pleased to say that finally all the barriers, hurdles and red tape has been dealt with and I am now able to start to build.

  • Progress, progress, progress

    Posted by Alison Bishop on Friday 20th March 2015

    Feeling the love for my builders this week. These guys have grafted away to make brilliant progress. The concrete was poured into the ground — all seven wagon loads of it on Friday, they stayed until 7pm to get the job done and it dried nicely over the weekend. Thanks to the dry...

  • Live Blog: Homebuilding & Renovating Show March 2015

    Posted by Sarah Handley on Wednesday 18th March 2015

    Follow Sarah's live blogging from the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show

  • Please Feed the Ducks

    Posted by Laura Lewis-Davies on Monday 16th March 2015

    So, work on site has been progressing slowly but surely. I've not blogged for a few weeks as I wanted to make sure that the point at which I commit to writing, 'the slab will be poured next week', is the point at which the slab is actually about to be poured. And today is the...