The Story of the Barn Conversion
We started on site on the 9th January, with Andy and two of the team from Carrock Design, Dan and John
The initial work was to get the site prepared
Despite some weather challenges we make good progress
Snow and then torrential rain hold us up a little, but good progress made
Good progress made, focussing on the structure of the building
Tanking to keep the water out completed, then start the framing out ready for insulation and plasterboard. Building regs for insulation mean that we have to cover up all the internal stone
Progress being made - first fix electrics and plumbing completed, scaffolding down and walls spray foamed for insulation. We finally found our missing roofers, who turned up and did a great job, as illustrated by the front porch below. The underfloor heating pipes are in and first floor screeding completed by Andrew, whilst Jacquie keeps pointing ! Planning issues over the air source heat pump siting have been resolved...after five months! Staircase has arrived, to go in next week and we begin plasterboarding friday.
Watertight at last, with doors and windows installed. Andrew and Jacquie have been plasterboarding for weeks.
Plastering on and off for several weeks, but hope to complete this week. Bathroom has working facilities and virtually complete. Air Source Heat Pump and Water heating systems commissioned. External steps being built. We even got out walking and running a little this month.
We took some time off, but some further progress made
We spent most of this month waiting for the various trades people to turn up. Andy spent the time building the external steps and I cleaned oak beams and painted the walls.
The Dry Stone Wallers called to say they could start in mid- October.
On our way home at the end of October, the joiner rang to say he could start! Andy managed a weekend at home before going back to the Lakes.
We have finally finished the internal work and external building, just an external handrail to go...and hopefully building regs signed off early January. In the spring we will add external shutters to ensure it looks like a traditional Lakeland field barn in it's setting. It's been hard work, but now time to enjoy walking, running and spending time relaxing in our retirement! We have external landscaping to do, but aim to take our time over that in the spring.