Sunday, 31 March 2013

Spring(!) sunshine on the roofs.

The roof of Springbank's garage.
The sedum is being planted next week.
The rainwater from this and the other roofs will be stored in underground tanks, for use to flush WCs and water the gardens.

Sunlight in Springbank's atrium.

A view of Springbank's atrium, hall and living room.

Springbank's kitchen-dining room.

Friday, 29 March 2013

A spring(!) evening in the Grove Park gardens.

Our ventilation engineer Richard modelling a fetching hat.
The D is for Ducts!
...sorry Richard.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Me on the roof.
I'm looking forward to putting away my freezer-worker's gloves - any month now!

A view down Paddock House's atrium.

A view up the gardens from the roof.
The vent and other roof terminals with their temporary hats look like the seven dwarfs.

A view across Paddock House's atrium towards the living room.

A view of Springbank's kitchen.

The floor insulation has been fitted in Springbank's basement.

A view of Springbank from the garden.

The various service runs in the kitchen ceiling.

A detail of one of the windows.
Stained Iroko and bronze anodised aluminium.

The mounts hold the solar panels at a 15 degree angle, keeping a low profile on the flat roofs.

There will be eight solar photovoltaic panels per house, generating up to 2kW of electricity.

The mounts for the solar photovoltaic panels.
These will be ballasted with the rounded flint pebbles which will cover that part of the roof.

The rear of the houses - Paddock House on the left and Springbank on the right.

A computer generated view of Paddock House's master bedroom.
The main artificial lighting will be by a "light cornice" of low energy LED strip lights.

Paddock House's master bedroom.
The corner windows are being delivered on Tuesday.

The gorgeous colours of the bricks in the ground floor study.

A panorama of the roofs - Paddock House in the foreground.
The mounts for the solar photovoltaic panels are in place.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

One of the floor layouts for the underfloor heating.
The different colours indicate separate heating pipe loops.

An underfloor heating manifold.
This individually controls the various separate loops of heating pipe.

Paddock House's master bedroom.
Two of the windows have been fitted.

The basement floor insulation is being fitted, prior to the installation of the underfloor heating pipes.

Insulation retaining discs.

The plumbing is being run in Hep 2o, a twin-wall plastic pipe with push-fit connections.
When complete, the system will be pressure tested to 10 Bar.

A view along the fence in Springbank's garden.
The posts and rails are galvanised steel, which will be clad in cedar slats.

The first of the windows have been fitted.
They are made from Iroko, with two coats of a permeable woodstain.
The weatherbar at the bottom of the opening sash is aluminium which has been anodised a bronze colour to match the timber colour.

The 200mm diameter spiral-wound ducts for the kitchen extracts.
The in-line fans are to be sited in the services duct.  They can shift 1,500m3 of air per hour (approximately three 25m swimming pools!).

Saturday, 23 March 2013

The brickwork in Paddock House's living room.

The first of the windows have been delivered.
They are made from certified Iroko timber.

The boys digging holes for the new fence posts.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

A panorama in Paddock House.
This is the view from outside the ground floor wc.  The staircase atrium is on the left.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

The services riser ducts are starting to be filled up.

The Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery ducts in Springbank's kitchen.

Danny and his brick wall.
It is in English Garden Wall bond - one course of headers then three courses of stretchers.

The galvanised steel fence posts and rails.
These will be clad in Western Red Cedar slats.

Monday, 18 March 2013

The Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery ducts are being fitted.

Twiglet checking the plans.

A panorama in bedroom 2.
From the left, the corner window, the en-suite shower room and wardrobe, the atrium through the door.

Saturday, 16 March 2013