Category Archives: floors
We laid the new concrete floor in the outbuilding yesterday. The concrete (around 2.5 tonnes) was due to arrive at 3pm, but eventually got here at 5:30pm (shortly after we had packed up our tools and decided to go down the pub!). Once it arrived, we had little choice but to lay the floor. In the end, it only took about an hour, but it was at the end of the day and it felt like a very long hour.
Earlier in the day, I had laid some rubble at the far end of the floor in an attempt to level it up a bit. We want the finished floor level to be higher than the drive outside (so water doesn’t run in) and sloping slightly to the front (so if water does get it, it will flow out). I use the rubble to level up the worst of the floor and then put some crushed stone on top (about 1 tonne). This was then compacted with a Wacker plate rented from a local hire shop. Then we put down some Visqueen damproof membrane and then a couple of tonnes of concrete on top. The concrete came from Hi Spec concrete in Huddersfield. The machine mixes the concrete on site and we were fortunate to be able to shoot it straight into the outbuilding. There was still a lot of shovelling to do to get it into all the right places, but shooting the concrete right in makes life a lot easier.
The finish is pretty good and at the end of the day, it is a shed! However, pride kicks in and you want to make it look the best you can.
All the timber flooring was finished yesterday and today it was the job of sanding the floors and applying the final coat of varnish. The timber boards had already had a couple of coats of varnish before being laid, but the final coat seals the floor and all the joints between the boards. It takes around four hours to go off, but it is best left overnight.
Once the varnish has set, we will fit the skirting boards. These have already had one coat of paint. They will need a second, but at least one coat speeds up the process. The varnish is a satin matt. It only looks glossy in the photo below as the varnish is still wet!
We re-built the old coalhole that was on the end of the building. It had to be re-built as it was damp and very dark. We finished the flooring in here yesterday and once the varnish has gone off, it will be time to install the skirting boards.
It is a great space – a little quirky – but it just adds character to the room.
Adding skylights and increasing the size of the window has increased the light here as well as increasing the sense of space.
We finished the timber flooring in the hall yesterday including the flooring that covers the step for the stairs to sit on. The staircase that we are currently using is temporary while the finished staircase is being built.
We weren’t sure about the step when it was first built. It seemed a bit out of place, but now it is clad in timber, it looks better. We are still not totally convinced, but we are going with it for the time being. The addition of the LED lights (front and back) make it look like it is there on purpose (and not just covering up some pipework!).
With the tiles in the kitchen laid and grouted, it is now time to turn our attention to the boot room and utility room. We are using the same tiles as in the kitchen and the tiles will be laid as a continous run. John made a headstart on tiling the utility room last week and today the boot room has been tiled. We are still waiting for the shower tray for the boot room – this will be used to wash the dog and wellies – but hopefully it should be ready to be picked up today.
The timber flooring is all done now in the lounge. There are three rooms with timber flooring and we managed to get 1.5 done today. The rest will have to wait until next week. We are now in a position for the skirtings to be put on now that the floor is down. There a few cables left over here and there, but we are almost there.
Now the carpets are down, it is time to start on the timber flooring. There will be timber flooring in the lounge, hall and study. Since the lounge is on the same heating zone as the kitchen, the underfloor heating has been turned off for the last week or so.
We are using engineered Oak boards. Solid oak boards were shrink and twist with the heat from the underfloor heating. The oak flooring should match the oak in the exposed oak trusses. Once the floor is down, it is sealed using a
The flooring is being installed by CJ Flooring in Huddersfield.
The tiling in the kitchen is all done. And in just 4 days!
The grout will go off overnight and then in about a week’s time we should be able to turn the underfloor heating back on. It takes this long for the tile adhesive to fully set.
Almost of the tiles are down in the kitchen – there are just some upstands (tile skirtings) to install at one end of the kitchen.
Tomorrow, the tiles will be grouted before the kitchen appliances are installed on Friday. We are still waiting for an update on the sinks. Until these arrive, the granite worktops cannot be finished or installed. Last we heard, two out of three of them were on their way from Spain!
I guess this is a big day. Carpets going down. :0)
We are using low TOG (0.8) underlay because of the underfloor heating. Bizarely, the underlay is heavy, but it is about the heat transmission quality of the underlay rather than the weight of the material. The carpet is also a low TOG (1.4) carpet from the Cormar Glendale range.
As we have tried to do throughout the project, we are using local suppliers.