Apr 142022
 

These last few weeks have seen the construction of the basic shell of the next bedroom to be completed. Bedroom One now has a solid wall and the flooring fully installed, following the same design similar to the other two bedrooms. But one of the first task to do, was to finally complete the fixing the vapour barrier layer up on to the “M” wall, including a layer of glass wool to provide fire protection and more thermal insulation too. This was a job hanging over from last year where we couldn’t finish this job as we needed access but was blocked for a few months. We got an electrical mains socket poking through the wall plus also underground water pipe and a couple of electrical connections too.

Completed Basic Wall and Flooring for Bedroom One

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We built the floor support framework, then after that, we had to make sure that we had all our conduits laid in inside the floor space, like for example, the hot water circulating pipes that is encapsulated in 100mm thick PU foam for maximum heat retention. This is going right across the entire bedroom and pops out into the Great Room, ready to swing around supply heat to the Great room  and finally terminates into the Kitchen. This was the continuation of the pipes coming from Bedroom Two, bending and wiggling through both en-suites.

Completed Basic Wall and Flooring for Bedroom One

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Completed Basic Wall and Flooring for Bedroom One

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Completed Basic Wall and Flooring for Bedroom One

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Also, and especially, we had to install a 100mm air conduit going from the hall, cutting across the corner of the bedroom and going up the Great room wall to the First Floor. This is important because this is the air supply to bring fresh warm air to the back half of the upstairs room.
Completed Basic Wall and Flooring for Bedroom One

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Other hidden conduits are the temperature sensors that monitors the condition of the buried Energy Module that stretches across the whole house (right from the Kitchen, the Hallway and Bedroom One) and these conduits all goes to the Hallway, under the liftable hatch for servicing etc.
The other under floor component is the plumbing chamber that sits just outside the ensuite doorway and this will contains the various water radiators and heat exchangers to serve the basin and shower units inside the ensuite, plus also other water connections like the outside tap for gardening and a watering system up under the Eves for any potential hanging flower baskets etc.
Completed Basic Wall and Flooring for Bedroom One

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Next, the entire volume under the floorboard was filled in using 200mm thick glass wool insulation, folded at the pre-split point on the roll so that each piece is standing on its edge which should be much stronger and longer lasting than laying it out flat which may collapse under its own weight.
Completed Basic Wall and Flooring for Bedroom One

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The horizontal rails were then installed and the Control Box built that will serve the room’s electrical requirements etc. plus also laying in extra conduits to serve the ensuite with mains electricity for the vanity unit plus toilet itself. Also the sliding door system has compressed air and more electricity cabling that will control the mechanism.
Completed Basic Wall and Flooring for Bedroom One

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Completed Basic Wall and Flooring for Bedroom One

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Once all that was done, we then laid down a full covering of 22mm thick chipboard floorboards, all glued and screwed down to the framework. This then allowed us to insert our MDF 150mm high boards that forms the Air Channel around the bottom of the wall, which got sealed and then painted black. The Utility Channel was also similarly lined but using 10mm Fermacell “plasterboard” material instead, with was also glued in.
Completed Basic Wall and Flooring for Bedroom One

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Another yukky job was to fill in the volume inside the walls with more glass wool, two layers, one was vertical in the middle of the walls and then a horizontal layer going across between the wooden rails. This provides a double feature of providing better sound dampening properties but also better fire prevention and give us more time to handle emergency outbreak of fire.
Completed Basic Wall and Flooring for Bedroom One

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Completed Basic Wall and Flooring for Bedroom One

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This led to the final job of installing the basic underlying solid layer of OSB 18mm boards, all tongue and grooved together, all glued and screwed tightly onto the wall’s framework. The edges were trimmed around the window and the two doors.
Completed Basic Wall and Flooring for Bedroom One

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Completed Basic Wall and Flooring for Bedroom One

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We now have this bedroom completed and we can move on to the next room, the Kitchen, after Easter.

 Posted by at 4:00 pm
Mar 102022
 

Over the last three days, we have been moving all of our remaining sheet material that is outside in our yard area, at the bottom of the site.

Remaining Sheet Materials All Moved Into Bedroom Two

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We were quite annoyed to discover that the extra heavy duty so-called high quality tarpaulin was degrading under the exposure to the Sun. We had to put on extra layers to help guide the rainwater away from the splits and holes that were forming in the tarpaulin, but we ended up losing three sheets of OSB 18mm boards in the end. So this is why we decided to move all of it into our newly completed Bedroom Two room, to avoid any further damage to our expensive timber.
So over the three days, using our large flat bed trolley to help move a heap at a time to the front door, and then walk each sheet into Bedroom Two, we first moved the 18mm OSB boards, all 162 sheets. We split the quantity into two separate piles, making sure that we can access at least one of them when we need more sheets as we construct each future room.
Remaining Sheet Materials All Moved Into Bedroom Two

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Next, we dealt with the 110 sheets of the 22mm groove and tongue chipboard floorboards, moving them also in Bedroom Two, putting third of them up on top of the OSB pile and the rest in a single column in front. We wanted to make sure that our wood rack will also fit in the remaining space in the room.
Remaining Sheet Materials All Moved Into Bedroom Two

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Remaining Sheet Materials All Moved Into Bedroom Two

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We have calculated that we have moved about 6 tons of wood and walked over 10,000 steps!!
The next job was to reassemble our old sheet wood rack, with four shelves, and then move all the miscellaneous sheet material that was temporary stored in Bedroom One and get it all back on the rack.
Remaining Sheet Materials All Moved Into Bedroom Two

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This three day effort now means that we can get on with the next room, the forementioned Bedroom One and continue with the construction of the basic internal rooms downstairs., and also laying in the water pipes that are running around the whole house serving the ensuites and bathroom plus kitchen. But we also have cleared the yard of any building material, avoiding any rainwater damage and also we gain some extra space ready for the next load of PU foam insulation boards that we will need soon, to finish off the roof.

Remaining Sheet Materials All Moved Into Bedroom Two

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 Posted by at 5:00 pm
Mar 082022
 

After we reordered more glass wool insulation, we were finally able to resume the construction of Bedroom Two, doing the underlining basic panelling that will form the foundation for our walls. We finished loading in the last bits pieces of glass wool and then started working on each OSB board, to get them ready to […]

 Posted by at 1:00 pm
Feb 072022
 

We took the opportunity to empty our builder’s rubble we have collected over the last couple of years. We had been loading up two separate ton bags with various rubbish like concrete blocks cut-offs, rubble, cement board pieces, sandy dirt and other builder’s junk that we couldn’t burn. We had teamed up with our neighbours […]

 Posted by at 1:00 pm
Nov 272021
 

We finished off the two air ducts we started last week. We put on the extra layer of MDF boards underneath to complete the downwards chute before it runs into the PU foam boards. We coated the MDF with several layers of acrylic varnish to seal the wood material against moisture and also sealed the […]

 Posted by at 6:00 pm