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Preparing

Preparing

Digging

The digger!
First task was to lay the cables for water and electricity over to the building. We were also in the process of attaching the main house to the mains drainage so we were able to connect up the drains at the same time.

This presented us with our first problem as it was uphill to the drains outside the property! We were eventually able to get just enough of a slope on the drains to be able to connect without having to use a pump. It did mean however that we would have to raise the level of the cobble pathway in front of the building to cover the pipe.

We also discovered that there is a tributary of the small stream running through the garden that runs directly underneath the building! The good news about this was that we would not have to run pipes for the water from the guttering down through the garden as they could drain straight into this tributary.    more ...
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Preparing

Laying the floor

The new floor
The floor of the building was a very thin layer of concrete laid directly onto the bare earth. In order to provide insulation against both water and the cold we laid a thick insulating layer of polystyrene followed by a strengthening grid and then concrete.

This had the additional effect of raising the level of the floor by about 60cm, but with a ceiling height of nearly 3m this wasn't going to be a problem! We were also going to have to raise the level of the path outside the building so together these would cancel each other out. We were going to try to avoid too big a step to get up into the building.    more ...
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