Month: June 2011

Repointing – done!

It is with a mixed sense of delight (at having no more pointing to do) and dismay (at having no more pointing to do) that I can report that I've completed repointing the barn. There's still work to be done on pointing the garden walls and the arches over the original windows and doors still need some attention, but the real time-consuming, day-after-day effort is over and done with. I've already found plenty of other things to do, but after having spent over four years repointing the barn (although I stopped for a year or so around 2008/9) there's a…
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Step 12 = heating – space and water

What are your input systems? Oh the headaches this one has caused me... The first thing to determine is which is your over-riding goal - keeping costs down or be 'green'? With mains gas still the cheapest option (at least in the short term) a modern gas boiler is probably still the best choice if you’re on the mains and cost is a priority (and arguably it's not so bad on the green-front as other electricity hungry solutions - but I'll not be having that argument with anyone thanks very much!). With no mains gas we get into the standard…
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Building Progress ~ May 2011

Oh dear, a little late with my update - been on holiday, now can I remember what I did in May...? The newly laid lawn is coming on green and lush, with a few bald patches and some unsightly lumps and bumps - but all-in-all looking pretty good. Pointing is pretty much done - no official announcement as yet but near as damn-it done, just three years after starting... ...and then there's filling in the eaves. I spent a weekend boarding up the back, then one on the front, then another on pointing the gap between the wall and the…
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Eaves

One of my last major tasks during this phase of work on the barn is to box in the gap under the eaves. The eaves had been left open and were a haven to birds, who had nested in the roof, being able to easily hop in an out through the 'porch' formed by the open eaves. From Barn Conversion 2011 I've used plywood to seal across the eaves, each length of ply being screwed up onto the existing weather board and small blocks of wood that I placed at the end of each length of plywood, these having been…
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It works….

Sometimes the simplest of words say the most... ...If it looks like it works and it feels like it works then it works... (From the song 'wow' on the Snow Patrol album Final Straw) Might seem bloody obvious to you, but this phrase says a lot to me. ...or as Steve Jobs put it... It's not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works (From 'The Guts of a New Machine')
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Hole in the wall

At the risk of turning this into some kind of badly shot photo-blog, here's another recent picture from the barn. I think this picture amply illustrates the thickness of the walls - it's probably about four feet from the internal to the external surface. From Barn Conversion 2011 The reason for making this mess was to get the cable from the TV aerial permanently into the barn and connected up. I'd previously had a temporary arrangement in place with the cable coming in through one of the velux windows. I moved the aerial itself up to the apex of the…
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Steps and stuff

With lots of work going on outside I've been taking a particular interest in gardens and all things garden related. Here are some pictures that I took during a recent visit to Aberglasney gardens (the gardens are just a few miles away from the barn). From Travel Neat and tidy, I like the two diverging paths and the mature planting. The rows of rocks used to delimit the changes of level in the garden could be a handy method for me to deal with all the slopes I have to contend with. From Travel Beds and steps (I really like…
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