Archive for July, 2009

9th July
2009
written by Dom

Patio door just standing there - I keep walking through it expecting a Narnia/Doctor Who experience...

Patio door just standing there - I keep walking through it expecting a Narnia/Doctor Who experience...


I’m loving the clean lines of the wood against the door – plus it really defines the room – I’m getting quite excited about sitting in there. I love the statement it makes just standing there by itself… Plus it shows the strength of the fence-post footers – those doors are HEAVY!

9th July
2009
written by Dom
oo-err it's a big one

oo-err it's a big one

Fixed the main support posts into the walls – waiting an hour for my drill battery to recharge between each post… Agh! Still, the time lost allowed me to lay the kinsgpan and DPC to the floor. Looking at the plywood laid down (and smelling the wood as I moved it) I’ve decided to leave the plywood floor and walls as they are – the wood has a fabulous finish – very “shed-like”… I reckon plasterboarding it would ruin the ambience – so I may have 8 sheets of plasterboard if anybody’s interested?

8th July
2009
written by Dom
It's gonna be a reasonable sized room

It's gonna be a reasonable sized room

It’s amazing how a single course of bricks defines the space. The idea of the “wall” is to keep a little distance between the base of the plywood walls and the floor so as to minimize water seeping up. (There will be a damp-proof membrane over the bricks). Once they were down I spent too much time this afternoon sitting on an imaginary chair, at an imaginary desk now I can actually picture how big the room’s gonna be. Speaking of the bricks – how easy is that? (Wouldn’t want to lay another course on top though).

Unfortunately I’m now utterly crippled with my back after carrrying the old shed out of the yard brick-by-brick into my car to the tip and into a big old skip… Radox, paracetamol and lots of wine says I’ll be back tomorrow to build walls.

Oh! – don’t use Hippo Bags for anything serious – they’re TINY! – got about half the wall from the old shed in one and they want to charge me the thick end of £70 to take it away… B*ll*cks to that, I’ll take the contents down the tip – can only be two car-loads.

8th July
2009
written by Dom

When this showed up I couldn't help but feel a bit important

When this showed up I couldn't help but feel a bit important


The insulation arrived from Thermap in St. Helens this afternoon. I’d tried the whole “this is being blogged – any chance of a discount?” bit and was told that I’d need to speak to their marketing department about that as they normally cover the television work… turns out they regularly supply the “real” Grand Designs – ah well, worth a shot!
This is Russ - he's a hero

This is Russ - he's a hero

When the Kingspan arrived I was half-way through laying my first ever course of bricks and was totally panicking about my mix going off – “No worries” says Russ “I’ve carried heavier further” – what a star!

8th July
2009
written by Dom

God that was hard work!

God that was hard work!


Well, numerous barrow-loads of rubble and 3 trips to the tip later the old shed has gone!

6th July
2009
written by Dom

OK – thought it might be a good idea to sketch out what I plan to be doing this week:

Monday: Fit post holders to trench and pour concrete
Tuesday: Move contents of shed out and demolish
Wednesday: Kingspan arrives (hopefully) start building wall pieces
Thursday: Construction
Friday: Construction
Saturday: Roof on?
Sunday: felt roof, fit windows & shutter

5th July
2009
written by Dom

Off to my mum’s for a lovely Sunday lunch today, so there’s not going to be much happening on the shed.

4th July
2009
written by Dom

That'll teach you to put a work-shirt on... heh heh

That'll teach you to put a work-shirt on... heh heh

Well, that’s the trench started – reckon that’s gonna be one of the hardest parts… Just off to B&Q for a spade and the post holders.

4th July
2009
written by Dom
The Lads from Liverpool Timber - had a nice workout this morning, carrying 25 sheets of 8x4 to my back yard

The Lads from Liverpool Timber - had a nice workout this morning, carrying 25 sheets of 8x4 to my back yard

The Lads turned up bang on time this morning with a lot of wood. So much wood I was worrying that I may have done my sums wrong. I won’t know for sure of course until the whole thing’s built.

Typically I got them to stack it so the stuff I need first is at the back… Seriously though, thanks so much for this – it seems a mention of even limited fame and fortune can get a very good deal – that banner on the bottom of the shed-cam saved me a good £50 off an already very reasonable price. Nice one Billy!

3rd July
2009
written by Dom

Yes. That is my back yard and yes, Tom they are your grids on display for the whole world to see. Wood arrives 10am tomorrow morning… Bring it on!

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