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.

Footpath re-opened - I should have cut a ribbon!
Footpath re-opened - I should have cut a ribbon!
12th June 2014
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I don't know why, but I love the smell of new tarmac!
I don't know why, but I love the smell of new tarmac!
12th June 2014
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Freshly re-surfaced footpath
Freshly re-surfaced footpath
12th June 2014
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Hard work but nice to see good progress
Hard work but nice to see good progress
12th June 2014
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The compacted crushed Type 1 ready for re-surfacing
The compacted crushed Type 1 ready for re-surfacing
12th June 2014
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Here you can see the manhole cover and access chamber
Here you can see the manhole cover and access chamber
9th June 2014
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Et voila!
Et voila!
9th June 2014
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In goes the new section
In goes the new section
9th June 2014
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Not a pleasant job at all
Not a pleasant job at all
9th June 2014
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It's great to see the whole thing coming together
It's great to see the whole thing coming together
5th June 2014
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Batches of bricks set out for laying
Batches of bricks set out for laying
5th June 2014
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Nice strong corner ready for back-filling
Nice strong corner ready for back-filling
5th June 2014
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The damaged wall now all cleaned up and finished
The damaged wall now all cleaned up and finished
5th June 2014
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Planning permission granted for design amendments
Planning permission granted for design amendments
5th June 2014
Misc
It's a thing of beauty!
It's a thing of beauty!
31st May 2014
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Looking along the footpath
Looking along the footpath
31st May 2014
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New wall, as viewed from inside the plot
New wall, as viewed from inside the plot
31st May 2014
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The soft red brick I chose as a backup
The soft red brick I chose as a backup
31st May 2014
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The blue engineering brick I really like
The blue engineering brick I really like
31st May 2014
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And this one too, but not in stock for 20 weeks
And this one too, but not in stock for 20 weeks
31st May 2014
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This was my favourite but not available for 20 weeks minimum
This was my favourite but not available for 20 weeks minimum
31st May 2014
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3D rendered plan viewing (out of body experience!)
3D rendered plan viewing (out of body experience!)
20th May 2014
Drawings
Kitchen sink by the window to view the garden
Kitchen sink by the window to view the garden
20th May 2014
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Curved end units to soften the design
Curved end units to soften the design
20th May 2014
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White gloss units and wooden worktop
White gloss units and wooden worktop
20th May 2014
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As viewed from the dining room
As viewed from the dining room
20th May 2014
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The Howdens designed kitchen plan
The Howdens designed kitchen plan
20th May 2014
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Kitchen plan close-up
Kitchen plan close-up
20th May 2014
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Retaining wall damage
Retaining wall damage
20th May 2014
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Safety netting around the large hole
Safety netting around the large hole
3rd May 2014
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Yummo! It's the sewer pipe.
Yummo! It's the sewer pipe.
3rd May 2014
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Our retaining wall and what's left of the footpath
Our retaining wall and what's left of the footpath
3rd May 2014
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360-degree panoramic view of the plot
360-degree panoramic view of the plot
8th April 2014
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Hopefully the steel bars aren't damaged
Hopefully the steel bars aren't damaged
23rd March 2014
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Small collapse after heavy rain during the night
Small collapse after heavy rain during the night
23rd March 2014
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Nice progress with the wall
Nice progress with the wall
23rd March 2014
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It will strengthen the footing for the larger retaining wall
It will strengthen the footing for the larger retaining wall
23rd March 2014
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Steel reinforcement cage assembled
Steel reinforcement cage assembled
23rd March 2014
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Trench for the steel cage
Trench for the steel cage
19th March 2014
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The retaining wall will hold up the footpath
The retaining wall will hold up the footpath
19th March 2014
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LOOK, we have a wall!
LOOK, we have a wall!
19th March 2014
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The momentous first blocks to be laid
The momentous first blocks to be laid
19th March 2014
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Blocks ready on site
Blocks ready on site
19th March 2014
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Plenty of cement
Plenty of cement
19th March 2014
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Blocks, bricks and sand delivery
Blocks, bricks and sand delivery
19th March 2014
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...to carry the concrete to the trench and pour to the required level
...to carry the concrete to the trench and pour to the required level
14th March 2014
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Using the JCB bucket...
Using the JCB bucket...
14th March 2014
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View from along the boundary of the new concrete footing
View from along the boundary of the new concrete footing
14th March 2014
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Looking down from the footpath level
Looking down from the footpath level
14th March 2014
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The trench to be filled
The trench to be filled
14th March 2014
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Mixing up the first batch of concrete
Mixing up the first batch of concrete
14th March 2014
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Clearly showing the 'green sand' base
Clearly showing the 'green sand' base
24th February 2014
Plot
Interesting seeing the soil layering
Interesting seeing the soil layering
24th February 2014
Plot
Over 6 feet deep
Over 6 feet deep
24th February 2014
Plot
Site excavated reading for building the retaining wall
Site excavated reading for building the retaining wall
24th February 2014
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Retaining wall design showing the cross-section
Retaining wall design showing the cross-section
24th February 2014
Drawings
Panoramic view from the manhole cover
Panoramic view from the manhole cover
16th February 2014
Plot
Over 5 feet deep now at the back of the site
Over 5 feet deep now at the back of the site
16th February 2014
Plot
Strong winds sent the Portaloo flying (no curry jokes please!)
Strong winds sent the Portaloo flying (no curry jokes please!)
16th February 2014
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Boys of all ages dream of days like these
Boys of all ages dream of days like these
16th February 2014
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Brand new tipper to replace the broken down one
Brand new tipper to replace the broken down one
16th February 2014
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Willow and apple tree roots excavated from site
Willow and apple tree roots excavated from site
16th February 2014
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Just over a meter dug so far along the back
Just over a meter dug so far along the back
4th February 2014
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Looking along the rear boundary
Looking along the rear boundary
4th February 2014
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Ballast 'road' so that trucks can get onto the site
Ballast 'road' so that trucks can get onto the site
4th February 2014
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Heras fencing to keep things safe and secure
Heras fencing to keep things safe and secure
4th February 2014
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Excavating along the back of the site
Excavating along the back of the site
4th February 2014
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Let's get this party started
Let's get this party started
4th February 2014
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From corner of living room
From corner of living room
12th January 2014
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From front right corner to corner of kitchen
From front right corner to corner of kitchen
12th January 2014
Plot
Facing the front door
Facing the front door
12th January 2014
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Panorama of the house outline at the top of the site
Panorama of the house outline at the top of the site
12th January 2014
Plot
Looking quite different from the street
Looking quite different from the street
8th January 2014
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The plot seems so much bigger now that it's empty
The plot seems so much bigger now that it's empty
8th January 2014
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The lamppost will also be moved soon
The lamppost will also be moved soon
8th January 2014
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Clearing the front driveway
Clearing the front driveway
8th January 2014
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Essential tools for the job
Essential tools for the job
7th January 2014
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It's great to see progress on-site at last
It's great to see progress on-site at last
7th January 2014
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Saul Bros signage and safety notices
Saul Bros signage and safety notices
7th January 2014
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Looking downhill from the top of the plot
Looking downhill from the top of the plot
7th January 2014
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Lots of brambles, long grass and rubbish to clear
Lots of brambles, long grass and rubbish to clear
7th January 2014
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Making a gap in the temporary fence to get started
Making a gap in the temporary fence to get started
7th January 2014
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The mini-digger rolls up the front bank to start clearing the site
The mini-digger rolls up the front bank to start clearing the site
7th January 2014
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Living right next to the building site will be very helpful during the project
Living right next to the building site will be very helpful during the project
7th January 2014
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