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


Getting ready to lay the bricks

Here is a good Bricklaying tutorial

Frog up or down? I always find this confusing - this is a definitive statement.

I don't know whether you can buy these bricklaying guides these days, but I used these when I worked on a building site as a teenager.

This is one end...

This is the other...

They hold the line tight and enable you lay a brick that is level and prevents bulges.
It is really easy to make so it is worthwhile as it saves so much time and pretty much guarantees straight walls!

Don't forget to use stretchy builder's twine as it is this that holds the guide onto the wall.

After laying each row just move it up a row!

It turns out these are called line blocks and they are available!
Again, I don't know whether gauge rods are available these days, but this helps get the mortar thickness of 10mm right each and every time.

The bricks are 65mm thick.
Another tool I just invented will help get the cavity spacing of 90mm correct.
Cavity wall insulation: This is the cavity wall insulation that I will use: Crown DriTherm Cavity Slab 85mm x 1200mm x 455mm.

I need to calculate exactly how much I will need as it's expensive stuff!



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