Archive for June, 2009

29th June
2009
written by Dom

OK – I’ve booked a week off work: 6th-10th July to try and get as much of the shed done as possible. It remains to be seen exactly how much I’m actually going to manage to get done, but I’m committed now! Getting quotes for the Kingspan/OSB board and I reckon it’s gonna be close to my budget (forgot that I’d need to factor in OSB for the inside as well as the outside of my OSB/Kingspan sandwich(!) Anybody know a good skip supplier in Liverpool? My boss has only given me the time off on the condition that I get a web-cam up – dunno about that, but I will of course be blogging the build as I go – just hope the weather stays good!

26th June
2009
written by Dom

God! You couldn’t make it up…. Diesel, our big old bruiser of a cat comes yowling in in that way which makes it perfectly clear that he’s brought us a ‘present’. Doogle barks at Diesel to make him drop the mouse, then picks the (still alive) mouse up very carefully in his mouth and takes it back out the door to set it free. 30 seconds later Doogle brings the mouse back in and gives it to me – it’s tiny and its shivering. By this point Diesel is wrapping himself around my legs, clearly keen to get the mouse – the dog is chasing the cat to make sure he doesn’t get the mouse… I put the mouse on the front doorstep to set it free but it seems its back leg may be broken. At this point I go back into the living room and put my sandals on in order to go and investigate further… I open the door and the mouse is gone – thank God I think – it was fine and it’s got away…. Until I hear Max (the other cat) running away up the road making that growling noise he makes when he’s got a ‘present’ for us… Jaysus – I expect round two any time. All this took place over the space of two minutes.

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26th June
2009
written by Dom

Gonna have to level out the front wall in order to make sure the window and shutter fit right. That’s going to entail cutting a trench in the existing concrete. Have been wondering how thick the concrete actually is and whether my angle grinder will be up to the job… Sounds stupid I know but I reckon it’s only about 2cm thick – I’ve no idea what’s underneath and it’ll be intriguing to find out… More importantly it’s a relatively manageable job which I can just get on with without requiring a skip or extensive demolition. Most importantly it allows me to say that I’ve actually done some work!

15th June
2009
written by Dom
Shutter now to scale as well.

Shutter now to scale as well.

OK – I’ve got my roller shutter measured up and have fitted it into the 3D model, so it’s now all to scale. I’m not sure if the design looks quite so well balanced as before – but it is all real now and this will obviously allow for more office space should I decide to go that way. Itching to get started – gonna have to book some time off work!

When I was down at m’grans over the weekend she told me that the 1900′s sign board from the family jewellers’ shop is available (the shop was sold long ago and turned into a restaurant) – thinking it could make a wonderful feature desk for the office

14th June
2009
written by Dom
Telecoms guy Jason - my second supplier with bits of my new roller shutter

Telecoms guy and part time racer Jason - my second supplier with bits of my new roller shutter

So I am now the proud owner of a brand new roller shutter! Jason, my supplier is clearly more techy than myself and explained how I might want to find a mate with a welder to help assemble it – I don’t have a mate with a welder, but I do have perseverence and bloody mindedness (and the added advantage that I am constructing my building round the shutter rather than fitting it into a hole in an existing building). £120 off of eBay seems quite reasonable for a new shutter as my (albeit limited) investigations were pointing out about £400 for a new one from a local supplier.

Jason seemed a thoroughly nice bloke who recognised my slightly tatty old Volvo for the thoroughbred it once was and immediately offered me 4 nearly new 215x40R17 tyres for the princely sum of £35 Result!

An utterly lovely day out with the family visiting my Gran, gorgeous pub lunch followed by hours sitting in the sun in her idyllic cottage garden, rounded off nicely by an admirer stopping in the street and offering to buy my car (I’d cleaned it) and the little boy up the road explaining that he loves my cat Max – he calls him “Fifi” and his mother gives him milk regularly ;-) That’s a lovely Sunday for you.

13th June
2009
written by Dom

Is going to be tricky the next couple of weekends – got a big family party tomorrow and I’m off to a wedding next weekend. However I’ve managed to sneak multitask collecting a roller shutter into tomorrow. I reckon I may well end up taking a week off to develop a builder’s tan sometime mid July.

10th June
2009
written by Dom

outbid on a roller shutter at the last minute… bah.

7th June
2009
written by Dom
My first sketchup render - it's all to scale - but I don't know about the roller shutter yet

My first sketchup render - it's all to scale - but I don't know about the roller shutter yet

OK – it’s not an ecospace studio yet(!) – just the first stab at seeing how the windows fit into the overall space I’ve got – and I don’t reckon it’s too bad. I plan on building the walls out of a sandwich of “kingspan” insulated foam panels glued to sheets of weatherproof Oriented Strand Board (OSB3). They’ll be hung from 4inch square timber posts sunk in concrete post-holders at the four corners and butting up to either side of the doors. I’ll then clad the whole lot in cedar (if I can afford it).

I plan on insulating the floor of the office section with more kingspan and making the roof out of the same kingspan/OSB sandwich. I’m in two minds about felting the roof or putting a sedum “living roof” up there – again price will be the key. I welcome your comments! (click the “0 Comments”) link below.

You can download the Google sketchup shed model itself here (Google sketchup is a free download for mac and pc available from here)

7th June
2009
written by Dom
Taxi driver Stuart, my first supplier, with my new sliding door.

Taxi driver Stuart, my first supplier, with my new sliding door.

Very excited this weekend! having rebuilt my iPhone on Friday/Saturday I went to collect my first purchase this morning. What we have here is an aluminium sliding patio door. roughly 1.7m wide by 2m tall. It cost me the princely sum of £71 – which is probably more than I wanted to pay (especially as I went 4 days on eBay as the only bidder at 99p!), but it was just up the road and how often do these things come up?

[Note: as it happens, sliding doors can be found more and more often on eBay now, as the older aluminium designs don't meet the regulations required for houses - the locks aren't good enough, they don't insulate so well...]

With three sealed double glazed units my father-in-law was throwing out I reckon I now have all the glazing I need for my shed. I’m working on a Google sketchup design for the shed itself – but it looks absolute pants right now – will post it when I’ve figured out how to use the package better!