The concrete being poured. the sides of the trenches have collapsed slightly due to the soft ground, but this could have been far worse had it rained significantly.
The central area has been reduced and all soft ground removed to be filled back in with hardcore before concreting. The soft top soil can be seen on the right of the photo.
Just started digging, the house footings are about one metre deep, but the building inspector says we need to go to 1.3 m and widen the bottom of the trench to 600mm to account for the sandy soil.
Ironically, we will probably use several hundred pounds worth of sand on this job, but the stuff in the ground isn’t suitable. Never mind, we might strike gold on the next job!
First day on site – new orangery
The ground is looking very soft, top soil near the surface then sand. The machines should make short work of this though, access down the side of the house is good and we can use a grab lorry to remove the spoil.
Shane the digger driver makes it look easy!
Orangery underfloor heating
The electric underfloor heating is laid and covered with a latex floor levelling compound.
Despite our protestations, the kitchen company and the client decided the floor is to be tiled before the the new kitchen is fitted. This is both unusual and unnecessary, and greatly prolongs the period of time the client will be without a working kitchen.
As you can see from the photo, the old kitchen has been completely removed to allow the underfloor heating to be laid.
It would have been far better to leave the old kitchen in place for as long as possible, then install the new units and get the sink etc working, then lay the underfloor heating between the kitchen units and finally tile on top.
Orangery Kitchen extension
The plaster-boarding of the orangery and kitchen ceilings is now complete, some additional boarding on the walls need to be done then the plastering can commence.