Lego into the wall

A long time ago, I saw this idea of putting some lego in the wall. Plastering over the edges, so that at a glance the impression could be that the construction is lego.

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So I’m going to do this to a section of the garage at the front.

I’ve bought some lego off eBay (where you can buy it by the kilo!) and made a corner section:

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PV panels, fire chimney & skylight

Lots of site progress in general, but the sudden jump of the Photovoltaic (PV) panels going on the rear roof and the chimney being put in today, are big visible items:

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The PV panels are east west orientated and relatively flat (not 45 degrees) to (hopefully) generate more electricity year round. eg low light as the sun gets up and sets in the east and west, diffuse light coming through cloud or other haze. When the sun is due south, it should be fairly high in the sky.


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The stairwell skylight is now in:

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But it’s all about the view:

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More cladding, the last door & the garage progress

A chunk more cladding has gone up, including some of the thinner horizontal cladding on the top box:

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The vertical cladding on the middle box is wider with nice detailing around the windows.

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The last door has been put in. The doors and windows are all in place, but not yet 100% fitted.

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The garage floor has been poured and the last internal wall is going up:

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Amazing to be calm and dry, inside, with outside having howling wind (I’d been kitesurfing earlier in the day), looking out at kitesurfers on the beach.

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EPDM is on, MVHR is part in, Windows are mostly in …

A chunk of progress.

An extra Tyvec membrane has been wrapped around the house to make it increasingly waterproof but “breathable”:

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The window & door frames have all been going in, and more recently the glazing has gone into them:

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There’s a chunk of progress on the garage and stairs by the garage:

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The MVHR ducting is going in:

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No rain, no high winds, so the EPDM can go on

After what feels like months, the forecast is for 2 days without rain or strong winds, so, at last, the waterproof EPDM membrane for the “flat” roof system can go on.

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Over the (checked for nail heads etc.) marine ply sheets is a protective layer (white below) and then the thick rubber EPDM  (ethylene propylene diene monomer) rubber sheet.
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The MVHR is due to start being installed tomorrow, so some of it’s ducting has arrived:

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A lot of sealing up progress

A lot going on, with the build and with other things, so a long while since an update.

The relentless UK weather of high rainfall and strong winds that have flooded large sections of the UK and battered the Cornish coastline has slowed down the daily work rate and meant that some items, such as the dry roof membrane for the flat roof, is not yet done.

The stormy sea from the house:

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The roof had a mesh of timbers put on, with marine ply over the top, to give a gentle slope from a central ridge for the “flat” roof:

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You can see the level drop in this photo:

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At the same time, the internal studwork is going up:

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The window frames are going in (the white tape comes off later !):

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and a bit more of the garage has been built:

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Despite looking bigger than it will due to the scaffolding and lack of cladding and other details that will soften the impact of the size, it’s shape is now there:

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Glass for the fish bowl has arrived

The Yprado GRP window frames and doors, with the glazing has arrived.

2014-01-23 10.45.50 (2) The rather large truck stayed down the road and the forklift cherry picker brought the pallets up to the house:

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The ecofab team are packing up areas that didn’t have panels with sheep wool (bundle below) and starting to put sealing tape for, what will be, an “airtight house”.

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2014-01-22 09.10.07 (2) From the beach, the house has it’s form:

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