External blockwork

Blockwork on the back wall round the kitchen window

Block work on the back wall round the kitchen window

Now the timber frame has been allowed to settle for long enough with the roof on, time for the outer walls. The plan is for all but 2 of the walls to be built from concrete blocks then covered in an off-white render. The other two walls at the front of the house will be built from locally sourced sandstone.

First job - clear the the foundations and place the lintels

First job – clear the the foundations and place the lintels

The first task was to clear the accumulated rubbish from around the foundations. Then the lintels were placed over the entry and exit points of various services.This lintel in the picture protects the entry point from the borehole for the ground source heating system.

Then, remarkably quickly, walls start to appear.

Setting blocks right up to the window frames.

Setting blocks right up to the window frames.

Marshall working tight in amongst the scaffolding

Marshall working tight in amongst the scaffolding

Wall ties every 600 millimetres, in every other course of blocks

Wall ties every 600 millimetres, in every other course of blocks

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