We stopped for a rest over Xmas, and I ended
up buying another old bike. Unfortunately there wasn't really any
room for it in the existing garage, which spurred me into starting
on the new garage.
The new garage would be built as a lean to on the
side of the house and would need to look right with the existing
stone work to the front of the house. Initially I considered building
the front elevation in dressed stone but this would have been very
expensive and I wasn't sure whether my building skills would do
justice to the materials. Eventually we decided on a single skin
blockwork construction with york stone quoins and archway.
We drew up some plans, go them approved by building
control and I made a start.
The first job was setting out and getting a 800mm deep foundation
trench dug. I started out doing this by hand but the ground was
too compacted so I hired a digger and driver who completed it within
a morning. Once filled with a few cubic metres of concrete I was
able to start laying the blockwork.
Once the foundations were in I laid a single
course of blocks, installed the damp proof course and pured the floor
(two more cubic metres of concrete).
The arch was cut by a stone mason in Batley,
I just made a former out of wood to support it whilstthe mortar holding
it went off. I then built a skin of blocks up the back with a pre-stressed
lintel forming an inner course behind the arch.
Once the joists were fixed a layer of breathable
membrane was installed and fixed by slate batten. I installed two
large velux windows and then slated the roof. Once watertight I
installed electrics and the electric roller shutter door I'd bought
a few months before on Ebay. Once the lights were in I knocked through to the house and installed a fire door for access to the garage.
August 2007 and it's finally rendered and
I've painted it. I've also laid york stone flags round the side
of the garage and built a planter from railway sleepers. It's so
heavy two people can barely carry it!
That's pretty much it for now, there's some minor internal work to do like the third bathroom but I'll get on with that over winter.