Building Ollie's barn
For the next part of building our house we needed to get some builders to construct the first part of the cavity wall. The first part of the cavity wall won't be seen so it was made out of concrete blocks. We were now able to get a feel for how big the rooms were going to be as the builders put concrete blocks where the interior walls were going to be.
Whilst the builders were laying the bricks on the outer part of the cavity wall, we noticed that the window sill didn't go up high enough. We asked the builders and they said that they had misread the plans.
Things that we have learnt along the way (the hard way!):
- It is important to order the materials that the builders need before they need them. This way the builders will always have something to do.
- If the weather is going to be frosty overnight, you need to cover the brickwork up with hessian. (We knew this beforehand from other people telling us.)
- The bricklayers can't do their job if it is raining as the cement sets in the begs by the cement mixer!