Before and After – undercoating

Spot the difference… Before undercoating: From Barn Conversion 2010 After undercoating: From Barn Conversion 2010 (Difference = Slightly darker / greener window frames)

Step 10 = floor

… floor levels are dictated by a heady blend of building reg’s, foundations, ceiling height and final finishes – you need to consider each of these – tricky! What goes into the floor? Literally – hardcore, sand, insulation, a damp proof membrane – in many parts of the UK this will need to also beContinue reading Step 10 = floor

Building Progress ~ May 2010

May has been a painting month. I started painting the exterior window frames in April and by the end of May I have almost completed under-coating all the windows (twice!). The ‘eco friendly’ Farrow and Ball paint we chose goes on quite nicely, but definitely needs a second, albeit quicker to apply coat to giveContinue reading Building Progress ~ May 2010

£2bn Gwynt y Mor windfarm

Interested to see that the sea off Wales will be home to one of the largest offshore windfarms in the world. Consisting of 160 wind turbines it should come online in 2014. I view that with a certain amount of ambivalence, on the positive side – Power from renewables has to be good.! It’s aContinue reading £2bn Gwynt y Mor windfarm

How much does a barn conversion cost? Part 2

Here I’ll consider architects, architectural technicians and touch on the other potentially pricey professionals such as structural engineers, that we’ll need to employ to bridge the link between the unconverted building and the building work that will convert it. The Architect I spoke with some lovely architects when I started this project. They seemed toContinue reading How much does a barn conversion cost? Part 2