Design dimensions My main regret is that I did not make it a bit bigger – no doubt I’d still be saying it was too small, even if I had, but making it a couple of feet wider would have made a big difference to the usability of the space inside. sliding door …this would … Read more Building a workshop – things I wish I’d known before starting
One of the little jobs I had forgotten about was to fit some trim between the soffits and the walls. I used oak trim from B&Q, glued and screwed them to the wall and then filled the countersunk screw holes. I stained the wood with a mahogany stain and then varnished it, and I … Read more Exterior nearly finished (again) – trim
my original guestimate of around £6000 was well off, and my slightly more informed estimate of £7500 was not much better – the actual total was £9760 – add in a skip or two and we can call it £10k. Could it be done for £7500 ? I think so, but I would have had … Read more How much did it cost?
I have completed version II of the pillar cladding and I am reasonably happy with it. This means the outside building work is now all finally done, bar a couple of coatings of clear coat for the cladding and a bit of silicon sealant between the pillar and the doors. I used paint from Bedec … Read more Exterior finished
It is a much put about myth that cedar is maintenance free – it is true that you don’t have to treat it, but it can’t be guaranteed to fade to a consistent grey colour and frequently ends up as a blotchy mess. blotch cedar the effects of splashback So what clear coat to … Read more Cedar Maintenance
Having spent hours preparing and priming my improvised plywood column cladding to the point where I was happy with it, there was a bit of rain and the ply started to de-laminate. grr. Lessons learned: exterior ply is not the same as marine ply. Seal the cut ends. Back to the drawing board on that … Read more Exterior vs Marine Plywood
I put up the boards to the rear and right hand side this weekend. I am using the same boards internally and externally, and the trademark name is Fermacell. The boards are made of recycled gypsum and paper. The addition of cellulose fibres to the gypsum plaster makes the boards very strong (they can be … Read more Fermacell Cladding
in the end I decided to use plywood, rather than cedar, to cover the corner post – mainly because I had a piece of marine plywood to hand and if it ends up looking terrible I will have only wasted £10 on materials. Besides I am getting impatient to be done with the exterior and … Read more Corner Post Cladding
Completely cleared out Chiltern Timber of their small remaining stock of cedar and finished the wood cladding today – feel like I am at last on the home straight for the outside of the building. done In a future installment What treatment to use on your wood cladding.
got as far as I could with the cladding – I also found the error in my spreadsheet that caused me to have under-ordered to the tune of 35m linear meters (about 20% of the total needed so I was not even close) I plan to cover the corner post in plywood and paint it … Read more Cedar Cladding – Part III