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 continues!

Wednesday, 4th April: The walls have now been taken down to the ground level
Discovering the archaeological history of the house as it looks like there was a concrete path along the back of the house that pre-dates the building of the toilet.

Now this is the really sad part as I am demolishing my own work from 20 years ago when I built the patio and the large steps into the house.

I built them rather well as all those walls that can be seen consist of double brickwork.

Unfortunately, I need to resort to the use of a sledge hammer. I managed to break the handle of my pickaxe during this exercise!

I'm now starting the demolition of the steps. But, not today as I need a rest!

I'm now starting the demolition of the steps. But, not today as I need a rest!

Thursday, 5th April: I tried using a sledge hammer and pick axe to take the walls of the step so diligently built 20 years ago, but I clearly made a too gooder job of it!

I ended up going and hiring a hammer drill for the weekend - thank heaven I did as it took me all day to complete the demololition even with that.

Here is the internal drainage inspection chamber.

Ah! Archaeology again! I guess my daughter signed her name in the foundation cement all those years ago...


The last brick to be removed - at long last.
All the walls are now down and the foundations cleared.

I will have to barrow the in-fill away tomorrow.

Here is the pile of bricks I'll have to move as well!

Guess what? Another unexpected pipe. This one is modern so I assume it is the main water feed into the house - but I was not expecting to find it here.

I'll find out more when I clear the soil.

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