Timber Frame due on 11th October

We’ve been given a definite delivery date from Kingspan for the timber frame.

Due on Thursday 11th on site the frame should be assembled by the middle of the following week and the shape and form of the house should be set.

Scaffolding needs to be in place beforehand so we have to pick a supplier today or tomorrow and get it installed.

The pressure is building to get all the other elements lined up including the roof, external finishes etc. as soon as the frame is in place.

The foundations are finished – we are out of the ground

It’s official, the foundations, rising walls, radon and damp proof membrane are in place, the concrete subfloor has been poured and the whole kit & caboodle measured by Kingspan.  The verdict is that Joe McNamara and his colleagues have done a great job and the reality almost perfectly matches the drawings supplied by Kingspan and any minor changes were easily accommodated.

We’ve tweaked the drawings, amended a few walls and doors and windows and signed-off on the drawings.  Once the money is in the Kingspan account they’ll commence manufacture in Monaghan of the Ultima wall system for our house.

Not much will happen onsite for the next few weeks while we await the arrival of the kit.  Just time to arrange all the follow-on services for the windows, roof, plumbing, electrics, external and internal rendering, floors etc. etc. etc.

Day 22 Siteworks

Here’s a video of the construction taken with a timelapse camera

Siteworks begin with Joe McNamara

After lots of discussions with a number of contractors we have selected Joe McNamara Plant Hire and Contractor.  He is providing us with all our groundworks and foundations plus the rainwater and sewage treatments systems and external pipework for the house.

Joe started work on the 23rd August and cleared the topsoil, levelled the site and marked out the foundations in a few days.

We’ve found him to be easy to work with, conscientious and reliable.  Looking forward to getting the foundation walls finished in the coming days so we can get Kingspan to come an measure up for the timber frame.

Joe’s not got a website (yet) so you’ll have to look at the photos here to see his work.