Planning the build
Why build an extension?
Initial design sketches
On-line Building Regs
Meeting planners
 Meeting building control
 Planning the foundations
 Planning the floor slab
 Marking out the footings
 Damp proof course issues
 Possible drainage problems?

 Construction of the walls
 Proposed roof structure
Windows diary
 Window challenges
 Initial window plans
 Making the casements
 Making the frame
 Designing leaded lights
 Making leaded lights
 Assembling the window
 The little window

 The door frame
Demolition diary
 The demolition starts!
 The demolition continues
 Still more demolition

Foundations diary
 Foundation issues
 Drain issues
 Digging the foundations
 Rethinking foundations!
 Pouring the foundations

Floor slab diary
 Rethinking the slab!
 Floor vent extensions
 Preparing the slab #1
 Preparing the slab #2
 Pouring the slab

Walls diary
 Preparing to build walls
 Build up to the DPC
 Build the walls #1
 Build the walls #2
 The gas men cometh
 Build the walls #3
 Finishing the walls
Roof diary
 Roof structure build
 Tiling the roof
 Finishing the roof
 Finishing the gables
 Roof insulation

 Floor screed
 Shower room
 Shower room floors
 Shower room walls
 Utility room
 Utility room walls
 Utility room floor
 Finishing the windows

Project finished!
 Final inspection
 The certificate
 Final thoughts

 Twelve months on!
 Material costs
Sister sites
 House re-roof project
 Home gas usage data

 Stop paint flaking
 DIY secondary glazing


The demolition starts!

Sunday, April 1st: The first job that needs to be done is to demolish the existing toilet. This needs to be done quite carefully as I want to reuse as many bricks as I can.
The clay tiles are removed and stacked in the corner.
The tile battons and roof joists are removed.
Then the bricks are carefully removed.
Sometimes I used a bolster chisel. Sometimes I thumped a row of bricks with a lump hammer using a large piece of timber to prevent breaking the bricks.

It was rather hot for the time of the year!
The window has been taken out.

It's a real challenge to clean the bricks and many have been broken. The bricks seem to be very fragile and have quite a few kiln cracks as part of their design making them quite difficult to clean without breaking them.

What rubble I create will be used as the base to the floor slab.
Monday, 2nd April: Phew, nearly done!
Down to the foundation bricks now. I've lost many bricks because they seem to have the consistency  of biscuits meaning they break easily.
Tuesday, 3rd April: The last of the walls have been taken down and I've started to hack at the floor.
Surprise, surprise! After I started to use a sledge hammer to break up the concrete floor i discovered an old cast iron pipe!

Was this the mains water pipe to the house? It couldn't be as it was too high.
After a bit of careful digging I discovered that the pipe had been disconnected and broken when the toilet was originally built in 1932 and was now full of soil.

A bit more hacking and the floor is beginning to disappear.

I'm keeping all the rubble for the time being as I will probably need to use it as the base of the floor slab.



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