Sunday, 16 June 2013

Extension walls up.

More work on the downstairs to write about this week.

For those of you who may not know what pad foundations are. In very basic words, You dig big deep holes (pads) a few meters apart, You then fill them with concrete and then connect the pads with  RSJs which have a mesh wrapped around them and then cover them in concrete. You then build the walls on top of this. 

The picture below shows the pads covered on in concrete.

The picture below shows the RSJs placed in the channels that have been dug out. The RSJs are joined together.

Below the RSJs covered in mesh so the concrete has something to grip to.

Finally covered in Concrete

The walls have started to go up. It gives you a good idea of how big the extension is compared to the existing building. The big opening below is where the bi fold doors will be going up.

From the front of the bungalow. This is where the new entrance will be .For the current door at the side there is two steps, plus an additional step once you get through the existing PVC door. Couple this with a steep drive and you get a bungalow where the front is a lot higher than the rear. This means we're going to have 4 steps , possibly more leading from the front house to the driveway. 

Hopefully by this week the roof should start to go up as the walls should be finished by Tuesday. 


  1. The construction seems to be doing well. I hope everything goes smoothly as planned. Double check with the contractors you've hired when you start doing the roof next, as your roofing system is critical in keeping your home safe from the weather. A well-constructed roof doesn't only protect you from the harsh elements, but also improves your insulation, which helps you cut energy costs and save money in the long run.

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  2. As you know I have been referring to your blog posts for my own project - this particular post is so simple yet helpful for me as I never previously understood the structural stuff.