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CONTEMPORARY DWELLING ORANGERY WITH BESPOKE KITCHEN
MAJOR RELIFT TO COUNTRY HOUSE LEAN-TO UPGRADE
THORNWELL PAVILION EXTENSIONS TO BUNGALOW
HEMP AND LIME BUILDING BUNGALOW ON NARROW PLOT
ECO COTTAGE REFURBISHMENT NEW BUNGALOW
CHURCH HALL GRANNY ANNEXE
FACE LIFT, EXTENSION AND LEISURE DETACHED GARAGE WITH CINEMA ROOM ABOVE
EXTENSION ON EXTENSION NEW DETACHED HOUSE
CONSERVATORY HYBRID SUN LOUNGE WITH GARDEN ASPECT
LEISURE BUILDING TWO STOREY REAR EXTENSION
SUNLOUNGE TO COTTAGE SIDE EXTENSION TO 1930 HOUSE
NEW BESPOKE HOME SUN LOUNGE WITH ARCHED HEAD
METHODIST CHURCH EXTENSION ST BRIAVELS CASTLE EXTENSION
TO TRANSFORM ONE SMALL BUNGALOW BRYN GWYNANT YOUTH HOSTEL

 

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This timber frame building with inset walls from hemp and lime is being built by myself outside my office. This will give myself an insight working with hemp and lime and the process will be monitored and evaluated. Clients can see for themselves this type of sustainable building. Other ECO friendly features will also be incorporated

A simple 3m x 3m Hemp and Lime Building
Just spent half a day cleaning the reclaimed imperial bricks. These bricks were off a chimney on the 'Eco Cottage Refurbishment' job. The bricks originated from Little Mill, Pontypool brick works. I will crush the rubble off the bricks to make concrete on a base for a light post on another project. Laid out the bricks to get the best faces to the front and to get a feel for the bulding before I lay them down on Compo. My office is just to the left
I have just finished laying the base bricks. The external dimensions are 3000mm x 3000mm. I used 92 reclaimed imperial bricks and no cuts were necessary. The right hand rear corner was 60mm lower than the other corners and more compo was used to bring the top brick face up level. I am no bricklayer and it has taken me all day with a scorching hot day for extra measure. I had the shade of an apple tree which was much appreciated. Timber frame wall went up in what seems minutes
Rafters almost complete. Gables ladders next. Carcassing now complete. Just fascia and verge left and then its onto the next stage which is the casting of the hemp and lime
With the heavy rain coming down I have 50mm of water within the building. A bit more and I can have a free swimming pool. Now is the time to order the Hemp and Lime Set back
The old apple tree comes down. Oh Tree now down. The bottom shuttering ply is fixed all the way round 2'-0" high. Hemp is coming next week.
Corner detail. I have used adjustable screws from B@Q which sets the ply at 50mm from the framework. Neat idea. Doorframe next with woodwool board surround The shuttering ply is being removed off the second lift and is going up
Two lifts complete on the front facade. If you look closely on the left hand corner of the second lift a section of 100mm drain pipe which I am using to round off the corners. The window to the front will be 10 yellow glass blocks View on inside. On the floor are two bales of 200 litre each Hemcore. The 12 holes in the plywood are for casting in glass tumblers. The intension is to wrap the tumblers in LED 'warm white' tape
3 lifts done. The third lift was cast 24 hours prior to moving the shutter up to the 4th lift. Its taken me all day to cut the shutters around the rafters at the front and move the lift up to the 4th. Also to cut around the floor at the rear. Completion of hemp and lime to front of building.
External view showing left hand wall still on third lift. Awaiting arrival of LED lights Detail of internal head of door showing hemp infill between rafters
Double socket outlet backing box cast into wall. 20mm dia trunking is run within the wall and out through the plywood above, just above Shere Khan,s head glass blocks laid out on floor prior to fixing
Its been about 8 weeks now since the hemp and lime has been cast. There is about a 20mm shrinkage gap between the hemp and lime and the underside of the top timbers. This I will fill with lime and sand. Delay
Resalvaged joists with hemp and lime infill between for the floor. As rodents hate lime there will be no nests beneath. Resalvaged t&g boards to go down on top I have mixed up sand and lime and filled all the gaps. Also repaired a few knocks outside. I have then mixed a weak, wet lime and sand and ragged all the inside walls. I found that bits of hemp when touched would fall on the floor all the time. By ragging the walls with the mix, this would seal the surface and hopefllly have a good base when I paint and also be servisable.
On the home straight at long last. The rain water goods arrived today and have just been fixed. They are galvanised guttering made from recycled steel. The gutter brackets were fixed to the top of the rafters as no fascia was used. As you can see on the ground 800 second hand Rosemary tiles. Now that the gutter brackets are fixed the roof can now go on. The interior paint arrived today as well which is a breathable Clay paint colour 'Humpty Dumpty'. Now how can anyone not resist that name. The walls will be lime rendered in the next few weeks and then its limewash complete with colour pigment which completes the breathability of the structure. Outside has been given a scratch coat of Lime and horse hair. The horse hair acts as a reinforcement binding all the render together. The different coloured tumblers in the wall have had render infill and (fingered crossed) will achieve the results I am after
I have to wait 10 days now before the final top coat is applied. I am hoping that with the August sunshine I can start just after 1 week. Just finished painting the outside. The walls have been given 4 coats of Strong Red limewash and the woodwork have had 2 coats of Lucys Scarf breathable paint.
Side view of HEMP HUT LED lights on 5 metre tape are cast within the wall are now lighting the tumblers
Front door now fixed complete with old brass handle from our first house. The door has been painted Tutu
 
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