A self build house project diary
by Oliver Cannell

Self Build Photo Gallery

Check out the latest photos from the build and see all the things that have been going on around the site.

The shower cubicle in the en-suite is taking shape
The shower cubicle in the en-suite is taking shape
15th September 2014
Building Works
Steel columns being encased within the cavity walls
Steel columns being encased within the cavity walls
15th September 2014
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It's great to see actual doorways inside the house now
It's great to see actual doorways inside the house now
15th September 2014
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Concrete lintels going in above the internal doorways
Concrete lintels going in above the internal doorways
15th September 2014
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Living room wall coming up too
Living room wall coming up too
15th September 2014
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Galvanised steel lintel in over the spare room window
Galvanised steel lintel in over the spare room window
15th September 2014
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Rear wall almost at full height
Rear wall almost at full height
15th September 2014
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Two of the steels will be hidden within the block walls
Two of the steels will be hidden within the block walls
10th September 2014
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Blocks built around the base of the steels
Blocks built around the base of the steels
10th September 2014
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Coated with bitumen to help prevent corrosion
Coated with bitumen to help prevent corrosion
10th September 2014
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Bolted to the foundation using four bolts and resin adhesive
Bolted to the foundation using four bolts and resin adhesive
10th September 2014
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These will support the upper wall and roof above the windows and doors
These will support the upper wall and roof above the windows and doors
10th September 2014
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Three vertical steels across the front
Three vertical steels across the front
10th September 2014
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Everything is very grey on site - looking forward to some colour
Everything is very grey on site - looking forward to some colour
5th September 2014
Plot
The back alley is now "scaffolding alley"
The back alley is now "scaffolding alley"
5th September 2014
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Electric meter box in
Electric meter box in
5th September 2014
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Blocks laid out ready for bring the rear wall up higher
Blocks laid out ready for bring the rear wall up higher
5th September 2014
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Scaffolding structure
Scaffolding structure
5th September 2014
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More blocks ready for action
More blocks ready for action
5th September 2014
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Looking through the Front Door to the back of the house
Looking through the Front Door to the back of the house
5th September 2014
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Scaffolding erected to build house wall and rear boundary wall
Scaffolding erected to build house wall and rear boundary wall
5th September 2014
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View of whole house with scaffolding up
View of whole house with scaffolding up
5th September 2014
Plot
Looking across the top of the whole house
Looking across the top of the whole house
3rd September 2014
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Looking out of the main bedroom window
Looking out of the main bedroom window
3rd September 2014
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The back alley!
The back alley!
3rd September 2014
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Spare bedroom window - it looks huge
Spare bedroom window - it looks huge
3rd September 2014
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Drainage piping come from the front-door side of the house
Drainage piping come from the front-door side of the house
3rd September 2014
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Main bedroom window and the drainage from the downpipe
Main bedroom window and the drainage from the downpipe
3rd September 2014
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Beginnings of the internal walls
Beginnings of the internal walls
24th August 2014
Building Works
Damp proof plastic strip at Finished Floor Level
Damp proof plastic strip at Finished Floor Level
24th August 2014
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Insulation sheets held in place by the wall tie clips
Insulation sheets held in place by the wall tie clips
24th August 2014
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Expansion joint in the house to allow movement
Expansion joint in the house to allow movement
24th August 2014
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Back alley separating the house and the retaining wall
Back alley separating the house and the retaining wall
24th August 2014
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Rear wall coming up 5 courses
Rear wall coming up 5 courses
24th August 2014
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Looking down on the build
Looking down on the build
24th August 2014
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Position of  the steel in the middle of the living room
Position of the steel in the middle of the living room
17th August 2014
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Damp proof membrane remains exposed
Damp proof membrane remains exposed
17th August 2014
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The concrete is solid despite the rain
The concrete is solid despite the rain
17th August 2014
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Blocks loaded out ready for the house walls
Blocks loaded out ready for the house walls
17th August 2014
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Kitchen layout unit labels
Kitchen layout unit labels
16th August 2014
Drawings
Kitchen unit layout block dimensions
Kitchen unit layout block dimensions
16th August 2014
Drawings
The birds eye view
The birds eye view
16th August 2014
Drawings
A great kitchen visualisation tool for customers
A great kitchen visualisation tool for customers
16th August 2014
Drawings
3D renderings by Wickes
3D renderings by Wickes
16th August 2014
Drawings
One of our many planning sketches
One of our many planning sketches
16th August 2014
Drawings
A wood or bamboo worktop works well
A wood or bamboo worktop works well
16th August 2014
Products
We like the Metro tiles
We like the Metro tiles
16th August 2014
Products
Nice under cabinet lighting
Nice under cabinet lighting
16th August 2014
Products
Integrated handles to keep the clean lines
Integrated handles to keep the clean lines
16th August 2014
Products
Wickes Caledonia contemporary kitchen
Wickes Caledonia contemporary kitchen
16th August 2014
Products
All poured and setting nicely
All poured and setting nicely
14th August 2014
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Putting the finishing touches to slab
Putting the finishing touches to slab
14th August 2014
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One room filled and being levelled
One room filled and being levelled
14th August 2014
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Concrete being delivered for pouring
Concrete being delivered for pouring
14th August 2014
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Concrete pump lorry with it's huge arm and hose
Concrete pump lorry with it's huge arm and hose
14th August 2014
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The pump lorry right up on-site
The pump lorry right up on-site
14th August 2014
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Hopefully it wont rain overnight, otherwise it'll be a swimming pool
Hopefully it wont rain overnight, otherwise it'll be a swimming pool
13th August 2014
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Damp proof membrane will have concrete poured on top
Damp proof membrane will have concrete poured on top
13th August 2014
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Complete plastic layer over the whole foundation
Complete plastic layer over the whole foundation
13th August 2014
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Things are looking really tidy at this stage
Things are looking really tidy at this stage
12th August 2014
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The sand layer makes it easy to see the outline
The sand layer makes it easy to see the outline
12th August 2014
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Mains water in (black) and waste water out (brown)
Mains water in (black) and waste water out (brown)
12th August 2014
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Final loads if ballast filling in the surrounding blocks
Final loads if ballast filling in the surrounding blocks
12th August 2014
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Looking across the site
Looking across the site
8th August 2014
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Multi-directional access chamber
Multi-directional access chamber
8th August 2014
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Pipes held in placed until the concrete is poured over the top
Pipes held in placed until the concrete is poured over the top
8th August 2014
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Sand waiting to be spread and compacted on the ballast
Sand waiting to be spread and compacted on the ballast
8th August 2014
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Looking down the hallway
Looking down the hallway
8th August 2014
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The pipes will a few inches below ground (probably patio slabs)
The pipes will a few inches below ground (probably patio slabs)
8th August 2014
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Drainage pipes from the bathroom and en-suite
Drainage pipes from the bathroom and en-suite
8th August 2014
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The house starting to take shape on the plot
The house starting to take shape on the plot
7th August 2014
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We can test walking down the hall into the house
We can test walking down the hall into the house
7th August 2014
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A layer of ballast sits on top of the foundations and sub-soil
A layer of ballast sits on top of the foundations and sub-soil
7th August 2014
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Outlines of rear rooms plus living rooms end wall
Outlines of rear rooms plus living rooms end wall
7th August 2014
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Finished pile of 440 cut blue engineering bricks
Finished pile of 440 cut blue engineering bricks
6th August 2014
Building Materials
A nice 45-degree cut brick
A nice 45-degree cut brick
6th August 2014
Building Materials
The water spray cools the saw blade and reduces dust
The water spray cools the saw blade and reduces dust
6th August 2014
Building Materials
It's nice to be working in sunshine for a change
It's nice to be working in sunshine for a change
6th August 2014
Building Materials
Oli trying out his new office (to be)
Oli trying out his new office (to be)
29th July 2014
Misc
Ken being very precise about get this block spot on
Ken being very precise about get this block spot on
29th July 2014
Building Works
And this is the 2nd house block in place
And this is the 2nd house block in place
29th July 2014
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1st house block laid
1st house block laid
29th July 2014
Building Works
Cutting bricks, for topping the boundary wall
Cutting bricks, for topping the boundary wall
24th July 2014
Misc
Our future garden shed
Our future garden shed
24th July 2014
Misc
Home for the builders for a few months
Home for the builders for a few months
24th July 2014
Misc
We have a new site office (Santa's grotto)
We have a new site office (Santa's grotto)
24th July 2014
Misc
A few more blocks yet to go and then a fence on top
A few more blocks yet to go and then a fence on top
24th July 2014
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Retaining the neighbour's land
Retaining the neighbour's land
24th July 2014
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View from the neighbour's garden (our house at the moment)
View from the neighbour's garden (our house at the moment)
24th July 2014
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Scale drawings of the brick arrangements
Scale drawings of the brick arrangements
14th July 2014
Drawings
Testing layout options for topping off the boundary walls
Testing layout options for topping off the boundary walls
14th July 2014
Building Materials
A couple of courses of 'blues'
A couple of courses of 'blues'
14th July 2014
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Starting the retaining wall along the neighbour's boundary
Starting the retaining wall along the neighbour's boundary
14th July 2014
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Steel reinforcing bars slow getting integrated into the structure
Steel reinforcing bars slow getting integrated into the structure
14th July 2014
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Lots of progress on rear retaining wall
Lots of progress on rear retaining wall
14th July 2014
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Filled and levelled and setting already
Filled and levelled and setting already
8th July 2014
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Trenches filled at the end of the day
Trenches filled at the end of the day
8th July 2014
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View of the occasion from across the street
View of the occasion from across the street
8th July 2014
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Reinforcing steel work starts to disappesr
Reinforcing steel work starts to disappesr
8th July 2014
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It slowly flows along like grey lava
It slowly flows along like grey lava
8th July 2014
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First load of concrete goes into the trenches
First load of concrete goes into the trenches
8th July 2014
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Concrete pump reaching out across the site
Concrete pump reaching out across the site
8th July 2014
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Panoramic view showing the foundation trenches and steel cage
Panoramic view showing the foundation trenches and steel cage
7th July 2014
Plot
Who's this geeza?
Who's this geeza?
7th July 2014
Building Works
Looking down on the plot from the neighbouring property
Looking down on the plot from the neighbouring property
7th July 2014
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View along the rear boundary retaining wall structure
View along the rear boundary retaining wall structure
7th July 2014
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Foundation trench with height marker for concrete pour
Foundation trench with height marker for concrete pour
7th July 2014
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Closeup of the reinforcing steel cage
Closeup of the reinforcing steel cage
7th July 2014
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Panoramic photo showing completed foundation trenches
Panoramic photo showing completed foundation trenches
4th July 2014
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JCB
JCB
19th June 2014
Misc
Rear external walls and bedroom internal walls
Rear external walls and bedroom internal walls
19th June 2014
Building Works
Steel cage materials
Steel cage materials
19th June 2014
Building Materials
Trenches are mostly about 1m deep
Trenches are mostly about 1m deep
19th June 2014
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View of trench from current retaining wall corner
View of trench from current retaining wall corner
19th June 2014
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Foundation trenches viewed from public footpath above
Foundation trenches viewed from public footpath above
19th June 2014
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