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 day of the concrete pour arrives!

Friday, 27th April: The big day has arrived!

I removed a fence panel and created a 2 metre chute in case it was needed. Evidently, the lorry has a 14 foot long chute but this is shortened by several feet if it feeds side on.

So, just in case I built a chute to extend its reach. It's better to be safe than sorry!

All ready for tomorrow!

Guess what? It rained today for the first time in weeks!
Just in case, I cut some struts to support the shuttering. I don't want to even contemplate the problems we would have if one broke and the concrete poured out onto the foundations!
Ready mixed concrete: It's interesting that the ready mix supplier mixes the concrete 'on the fly' and only charges for the amount of concrete used. When ordering the concrete you need to know what mix to ask for. The typical different mixes that can be supplied can be found listed here. The mix I am going to use is known as RC30 for use in floors with embedded steel.

The concrete is mixed as needed on site and you only get charged for what you use.

And boy, does it arrive quickly once it starts flowing!
Shovelling from one end of the extension to the other was the task.

I can tell you it was hard work!

Unfortunately, I fell over and ended up sitting in the concrete! It's a real pity there was no one around to take a photo...
Then came the levelling.
The floor  consumed about 1.75 cubic metres of concrete in the end.

I'm pleased that I shored up the shuttering as my chute broke half way through under the weight of the concrete sitting in it.



All I can do now it to wait for it to set...

I reckon I have the bulk of the hard work behind me now. It seems strange that I only started the extension on the 1st April - The demolition starts! - 27 days ago. I'm surprised that I have got so far in such a short time. Pleasing though.

The slab when dry

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