So since the farm is landlocked and we didn't want to use the right of way farm entrance we decided to buy strip of land from neighbouring farmer, the house is located 650 metres from the road, so driveway was a big part of our budget, scroll to see it come together and first drive in .
Had my first afternoon away from Millie today, while grandparents babysat, and took the chance to go and explore some of London’s Open House weekend. We went to visit the Walter Segal Self Build Houses. A wonderful community of 13 houses built in the 1980s, using a method developed by Walter Segal. We’ve been wanting to visit these for ages, since hearing @tomdyckhoff talking about them on the Interior Design Challenge. They did not disappoint! Like a little woodland village in the middle of London. I would absolutely love to live in a little community like this one day. .
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Very exciting day for me today! Two of the huge trees, that have been the bane of my life for the last six years have finally come down. Our current house will gain so much extra light from this and the plot has really opened up too! You can now see the beautiful sycamore in all her glory! It’s going to block a lot of light but my heart wouldn’t allow this one to go too. Will have to work out what type of garden structure we can build around it! #excitedmuch#newbuild#selfbuildjourney#newhome#selfbuild#dreamhome
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The benefit to running a hardwood door company and essentially a joinery is the ability to make things yourself - hard work on a Saturday but a quarter of the rainscreen cladding is now done! 😓 we’ve decided on Iroko that we are letting grey. We used it on all our fences and gate and it looks great. Uneven and in different thicknesses - very excited to see this go up soon!! And thank you @iwanskidesignco for not getting too annoyed at our choice 😉
After another full day at the house it’s really satisfying to look back and actually appreciate how far we’ve come in 5 months.
At this point we’re not actually doing anything hands on as it requires skilled trades, so god knows what we’ve done with the day 😨However earlier on in the project we would spend every Saturday; emptying the non stop rubbish into skips, sweeping the whole house out and genuinely just been cleaners 😂. Tonight it’s starting to feel like the months of work, sweat, tears and arguments have been worth it #Progress
2 more cedar sections finished, flying canopy and top of bedroom wall. Another long day before rain arrives tonight. Picked up 2nd batch of cladding yesterday, trying to get it put up before bad weather arrives.
These are definitely one of my favourite features. We designed the build and probably spent several £k’s more to make sure that these beams were left exposed. 1 truss was going to be stranded in the party wall so we moved it over so that it wasn’t in its original place but at least it wasn’t covered over.
They’re a largely non-structural now due to the steel frame.
These are the original trusses dating back to c. 1800 and the conservation survey stated they had marks in that would suggest being of Baltic origin. This would tie in with the time when English oak started to become rarer so it was commonplace for imported timbers to be used on agricultural buildings.
In restoring them we took great care to leave them as untouched as possible, with only a light hand sand to finish. At the minute they are in this raw state and I haven’t oiled, waxed or lacquered them - the dust is a nightmare but let’s see how we get one!
Slabbing isn’t difficult, but by christ is it slow, even with the proper collated screwgun. At least half of the last wall in the open plan area is starting to take shape, and the deep window liners are looking fab.
Look at the shine, it’s not even at its cleanest as the dust struggle is real. Now to work out blind/curtain options as I like to be able to close the world out... 🤪
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Popped into Walter’s Way this afternoon - an amazing community of self-build homes completed in the mid 1980s in Lewisham, which opened its doors today, as it does every year, as part of Open House London. Designed by Walter Segal, a German emigré who had been a protege of Walter Gropius. It’s near where I live so I try to drop in every year and pretend briefly that I live here, amongst all the trees. #waltersway#selfbuild@openhouselondon#openhouselondon#lewisham#waltersegal#honoroak
Anyone like a little bit of rough with the smooth?? 🙋♂😃 Our hallway is a mix of off-white, geometric tiles and stairs made from old, rough-sawn timber by @colinramagejoinery 🔨
Definitely a contrast of materials, but we hope you like it 🙂
The stairs for our mezzanine have now been made and will hopefully be fitted in the next couple of weeks.
They’re a completely different style to these ones, so we’ll see how what you think of them before too long! 😬🙈
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Sorry folks!! 🙈😬 We have just discovered an issue with our website, which has led to a large number of enquiries from our contact form, not making it through to us!! 😭
Apologies to everyone who has submitted a form, we are going through them at the moment and will respond to everyone as soon as possible….thanks for your patience! 🤗