the concrete is 6 inches minimum it gets deeper as the ground slopes away so its 10-12 inches in places plus theres a good 6-8 inches of hardcore underneath it and were on top of hard chalk so the ground rock hard underneath
Defineatly an improvement! It looks like we meant for it to look like this but most of the time we just make it up as we go along!
I painted the block work to tidy it up and give an extra layer of protection. Weve been having a bit of a problem with damp coming under the block work onto the slab as its not finished yet, as you can see ive got a temporary gutter catcthing the rain which is working.
Another temporary mod is the bin catching the water off the roof. I will be adding some water butts later. An hours light drizzle it caught quarter of a bin. Another evening of light showers it was half full and the night of heavy rain it was full to the top! So the roof provides plenty of water which i'l be using for the plants! On Friday Matt had his golf cancelled so we started on the drainage for the soakaway and getting the driveway packs installed infront of the shed.
We back filled the whole with ballast to level the soil pipe and covered it with more. I'l probably add a brick or block path along the front so I cant walk from the back door of the house to the side door of the garage without walking across grass or mud!
The driveway packs installed. Il probably hang roof tiles along the bottom of the block work i've got loads left over from the extension. I should have clad to the bottom but this is all being made up as we go along! It should make the base of the shed area nice and dry.
Matt had a pack left over from his drive. Each pack gives you 3m and I bought another pack £27 + the dreaded which gave me 6m in total. As per usual the've changed the design so with a little adjustment they fit and although it doesnt match we like to call this another feature!
It left 1m each end for the soil pipe to attach and the soakaway for the games room will come in at the other end. Its started to level the path up too which was becoming treacherous. I plan to get some slabs down in the next few weeks to finish it off.
Hopefully tomorrow we'll get the big door on which should be fun as we don't think its going to be able to open with the tree in the way! We were convinced we'd measured and checked eveything until Brian came round and pointed it out! Wish us luck on that one but I do have a cunning plan for a modification, another feature! We also got the electrical cable into the building and the return for the games room. A nice hefty 4 core armoured cable a good 100ft of it donated by Ed of 2Teck Electrical and Air conditioning. He lives up the road and our sons go to school together. He's also sourced 8 flourescent light fittings for me when I want them and is looking out for more as they refurbish the jobs they're on. There was a mention of some Air con units for the garage and the games room which would provide heat too but that will be a scam to far if they turn up! I'l have to wash his car forever! He's also had an architect round to design his gamesroom after seeing what shananigans were upto!
We finally got the door on this week! Now its starting to look like a garage!
As we thought it doesnt quite open against the tree but the tree was going to be a compromise in the whole of the build.
So the only option was to chop the corner of the door off! About a foot square was removed. We braced it first before cutting using some off cuts of Matts old garage door.
Drilling out the rivets was fun! Its not the prettiest job in the world but the door now passes the tree and opens fully, damn its heavy! I've kept the corner we chopped out and hopefully we'l put some sort of hinge on it so when its shut its still there. Once we got over the opening issue it was catching on the floor. There doesnt look like theres much adjustment to it and the base needed to be cut where the door was anyway. We killed off the last few remaining diamonds on the disc cutter and chiselled the concrete out. We were working in the failing light doing this trying to cut out enough for the door to shut. Then I realised the garage hadnt had a door on it for 6 months and another night wouldnt hurt! So we downed tools! The next day we remembered there was a couple of sds hammer chisels in the shed so after an hour i'd managed to chop the rest of the concrete out with ease. Amazing what a good nights sleep and some daylight makes!
Now I can set the path easier and slope it gently up towards the door like it should be. The old concrete I chopped out will be used as harcore for the path between the shed and the games room, nothing goes to waste!
While I was at work today Matt finished making the door for the shed, its big and heavy! He also finished the frame work on the corner so the cladding can be finished tomorrow (while I'm at work!) I think we'l push to get the whole of the outside done next week (apart from the paving) so we can get the inside done before the Turkeys cooked!
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Working a four on four off shift I had to work this weekend. I woke up to this progress being made in my absence!
Some people ask how on earth I can live next to the in-laws but its not so bad The door is all but finished with the cladding done etc and even the soffits underneath are all done the same as above the main garage door. Theres still a few minor jobs to finish like a handle, lock etc but the main door is done. I'l be abusing my dads 10% Wednesday B&Q discount card for some paint for the cladding, I want to see this looking finished. I braved the cold weather today and stained the shiplap above the door and the wooden frame using some left over Sadolin I found in Matts shed!
Heres a picture of the cut of the door so it clears the tree. I'm hoping to keep the cut out part in place but on a hinge, i've yet to work it out!
This is the current garage at the front/side of the bungalow. As you can see its full! Hopefully all this collection of 'might come in handy one day' equipment will be mainly stored in the shed side of the garage using the narrow shelving i've collected along the way. It needs to be pretty empty as this is the drive through to the garden plus i'd like to garage one of our cars at night in the winter depending on who was working to save de-icing in the morning!
This is looking at the back, we cut a whole in the back years ago so I could park my collection of spare cars in the garden! There used to be four Starlets out there when you could pick them up for reasonible money! It looked like a scrap yard so I'm glad its all tidy now. I will be puting a metal up and over door on the back when everyting else is done the same as the one on the front. Matt removed one for a customer a few years ago so we've stored it down the side of his house till then. Thats all for today hopefully we'l get a full day tomorrow. I had the camera out today and remembered to click some of the things I've found at work in the skip or on the road so look out for my new thread!
Last Edit: Nov 14, 2011 20:17:40 GMT by ashley115s
The last two days were pushing to get the outside done so we can get inside. As you well know we kinda make things up as we go along!!! We wanted to keep the weather off the bottom of the block work and decided to hang a row of tiles beneath the cladding. If we had planned this obviously we would have done it first and let the cladding hang over the top! We could have clad with wood to the bottom but I've got a 1000tiles hanging around that need using and some left over baton.
I stapled a bit of felt to the baton befor ethe tiles went on as its only a single row.
The tiles were cut with about an inch off the bottom so I can stil remove the covers on the drainage. Before we put the tiles on I had to grind the lugs off the back of the covers where you prize them out as when the tiles are on you cant get to them.
Matt sat back and said I know what would look really good if we wrapped some lead over the top to hide the nails, have we got any kicking about??? Well there is some hiding in his van somewhere but I doubt we'l ever get that far! I'l hang a couple of rows on the wall opposite below the games room then it'l all look like we planned it to be that way! It'l tie in nicely with the patio slabs going down on the path too. They will get a good scrub and i'l paint some sealer on them they'l look better for it.
I had some paint mixed up today for the cladding. Highland falls 4 in dulux weatheshield exterior satinwood. £30 for 2.5 litres! Not the cheapest! It looks much lighter than I imagined its a silvery grey green colour but at first it looks white! I don't know if it will stay this colour for ever but will do for now. It needs a second coat but I might save the paint for the gamesroom cladding then decide on the second coat may go a shade or two darker?
Whilst in Brewers I asked their advice on painting the floor. The shed side Matt forgot to put a damp proof course under the concrete and wondered about a sealer before painting it? In their opinion I just need to thin the floor paint down with white spirit 20-30% leaving to dry for a day or two before the final top coat. I purchased the paint there and then and he knocked £10 off each tin which was handy because he didnt knock anything off the dulux!
As I keep working on this I think it is probably a bit grand for a shed/garage but its hardly a Grand Design study! If Kevin McCloud were to turn up giving it all the lemon about how he loved this and that and id just say 'nah mate its not like that, its all in me head and we just make it up as we go, and if it don't work we get around it somehow and call it a 'feature''
The outside is nearing completion and as the weather/daylight starts to turn against us we thought we better start getting the inside ready for working. I'l be painting the walls/framework and floor then we can get the electrics going. We thought on initial quote it would take 20-mins or so to chuck stuff out! Then maybe 2 or so hours? 2 days later its mostly done! How many jobs do you start and one thing turns to another? The games room was stacked up in there so we planned to put that onto its own base and cover it over till its D-Day of 1st March next year! It came with some metal roof panels so we reckoned we'd wrap it all up with those instead of Tarp.
There were also a couple of piles of pallets hiding in there. The timber needed a good home too.
Luck we made the extension as its now almost full to the roof!
We did sift through and throw half a van of timber away! I'm not a complete hoarder!
So after reckoning 20 mins to 2hrs to have a tidy up it took 2 days three boxes of screws, four battery recharges and 8 cups of tea! It was great fun though a bit of light hearted no pressure relief from working relentlessly on the garage!
Everytings in one place and hopefully it will stay dry.
Back to work on the garage! The Mrs wanted time to do some xmas shopping so I had quality time with Ferne and Matt was left on his own! He's been working on the path in front of the door. Did I say that daylight was working against us?
Theres always a bit of muck left over you cant waste so here he is working till 1830 tonight!
Not a huge amount to report. Finished the path off in front of the garage and the path along the wall leading to it. Almost out of slabs now with another 8m sq run left to do. At approx £160 to finish it in matching slabs I think i'l be using whatever old slabs I've got laying around being creative with some other materials to plug the gaps.
I was going to finish the path today but it was just too damn cold and damp to be doing that! Instead we sorted through our donated electrical equipment from my neighbour Ed. (Thanks Ed)
There is more trunking and I also bought 200m of cable and more conduit. I'm struggling to get Matt around the idea that it will be worth all the effort and easier in the long run but I know he'd rather just clip it all up there job done!
Time for an update!!!! We have been busy naturally but its electrical install time and to be fair its not the most exciting thing to take pictures of and progress is slow! Its pretty much complete now so here it goes!
One of my favourite touches is this old smiths clock. It used to be in our old kitchen. I kept it because it reminded me of my school days as they seemed to be in every classroom in 80's and I used to spend most of the watching them
I'm going to have a floating workbench on castors with its own sockets installed so this is its socket in the roof. It will be handy to drag wherever I want it and to take it outside.
Because of the door opening above we installed these lights on the wall each side where the cars will be. It'l be handy for the signwriter when he's doing cars, very bodyshop ish I thought? A few people have said shouldnt they be lower? The sign writer says they're good!
So thats about it for the exciting electrical install! Ideally I would have painted the garage inside first before installing but my farther inlaw had an empty diary in which to install all of it so I guess I'l be painting around it!
Started work on installing the compressor, its not really noisey but I don't wont it going off at 10pm and anoying the neighbours so a box is being made and i'l insulate it with polystyrene sheets that I found a few years ago on the verge!
The partition seperates the shed in two so its a garden shed one end and a storage for the garage the other.