Month: March 2010

Step 9 = walls

...for a conversion your hands are usually tied but you’ll need to consider insulation, finishes and any remedial work. First things first, will the walls remain or do they need to come down? I'm going to assume they will remain as afterall, this is a site about CONVERSION... Some questions to be answered... Will some areas of the walls need rebuilding? Will you need to underpin some sections of the walls for greater stability? Do you have cracks in the wall that will nessitate restitching or partial rebuilding? Pointing - (mortar not fingers) will your walls need repointing? If so…
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Doors

One of the main jobs that remains internally is to install doors. It actually seems a shame to put in doors and close up some of the openness of the barn at the moment, but I guess privacy and decency must prevail. There are only five doors to be installed. All doorways are between 78 & 79 inches high and all upstairs doors are 33 inches wide with the utility room narrower at 30 inches. So here for reference are my doorways in their pre-door state.
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Environment for Children

I was invited to a talk by Christopher Day in Cardiff so thought I'd take a look at his work to see just what he was about. Can't say I established that fully, but I did find an very interesting article by Christopher that feeds into the research I've been undertaking recently into my sons bedroom. The article, Environment for Children by Christopher Day gives some useful guidence in designing an environment for small children. I recommend that you read the article for yourself, but my summary follows: "Childhood is, essentially, the journey of growing up [...] Small children need…
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Whitewashing update 2010

While writing an upcoming post on the subject of walls, I realised that I had never properly concluded the thread that was bubbling away through 2008 concerning what to do about the leaky, south facing gable end wall. After finding it was 'infested' with stalactites and stalagmites, I considered whitewashing the wall, then eventually it was bag-pointed and whitewashed. The pointing tidied up the mortar joints then the wash gave a consistent overall coating. The evidence of this has been staring down from the header of My Barn Conversion for some months now: From MyBarnConversion 2009 (In case it’s not…
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Built in bed

I've been considering what to do with the second bedroom in the barn. It will be my son's room once it's been relieved of its current duty as store room. I've been planning on installing a built-in-bed, both for reasons of practicality and desire. Practical because part of the construction can be used to solve my tricky carpentry challenge and desirable, because the child in all of us would like one. I didn't have to look far for inspiration as I favourite site of mine, Remodelista came up with the goods as it so often does - Children's Rooms: Built-in…
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Building Progress ~ February 2010

As a consequence of my growing obessession with fire-wood I found myself buying a wood moisture meter that allows me to measure the moisture content of cut logs. You ideally need a moisture content of below 20%, although the intermittent 25%er won't do too much harm. This handy gadget also allows me to measure the moisture content of formerly lost at sea oak flooring which has now acclimatised and measures in below the requisite 8%. My kitchen sink splash back travertine tiling is progressing - I've decided that speed when tiling leads me to decreasing quality and an increased likelihood…
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Step 8 = roof

... construction material, requirements for attic space?... Consider the following: Do you need to replace the roof? The answer may be a resounding and obvious YES - you may have holes as large as tiles or a ridge line like a camels back. But there are more subtle reasons to replace a roof. To conform with insulation and ventilation related building reg's, to get the attic space you need or to accommodate the solar or PV panels you intend to deploy, it may be easier, quicker and cheaper to replace, rather than fix up the existing roof. Keep an open…
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