It’s been a very breezy few days on the estuary this past week. However, the scaffold has performed brilliantly and whilst it was a bit noisy (under all the flapping monoflex sheeting), it was possible to get rid of all those modern concrete tiles that have been weighing so heavily upon the frame. The roof structure is now fully exposed and the simplicity of the construction is there for all to see. There was so much re-purposed wood used in the original construction. The aim is to reuse much of it again!
The cottage now has an overcoat. Getting up-close and personal with the fabric is a little upsetting though to be honest, the amount of rotten timber cladding and the appalling state of the windows, did not come as a great surprise.
the next phase of work can probably be described as “surgical deconstruction”!
The cottage’s winter wrap and work access is almost complete!
The porch foundation is now complete and could make a very nice Japanese water garden, though access to the building could be a little problematic! The scaffolding is now going up and we’ll be getting on with removing the concrete roof tiles and the external timber cladding. Repairs to the frame will then start in earnest. It’s going to be an exciting few weeks!
The new corten steel and glazed entrance vestibule will require a solid foundation. The last week or two has been spent dodging the weather, digging holes, fashioning reinforcement bars and pouring concrete.
This is the last bit of serious ground work to be done, the next step will be to get the scaffolding up, remove the concrete roof and cladding before refurbishing the frame and installing the cottage’s more thermally efficient external cladding. It’s not a great time to be working outside, but this is the right time of year to be installing timber cladding.
The lower ground floor under-pinning and new basement foundation slab have been completed. This gives a solid base to the cottage and provides the foundation from which to tackle the repairs to the frame.
The groundwork team from DPL Landscapes are really cracking on with providing the support the cottage needs. All the existing footings (such as they are) have been retained. It’s a shame all the hard work will not be seen in the future!