Thursday, 29 June 2017

Chimney Challenge

I took a notion to get one of the most tricky jobs remaining on the house out of the way - the chimney.

What makes it challenging on this house is that it is built into the corner of the upper storey.

Usually I make the chimneys as stand-alone, four sided tubes which are glued in place on the roof as a finished unit.

This time, because of all the cut-aways that are needed I opted to build it up in situ as these series of pictures show.

It doesn't seem like the most difficult of tasks, I grant you, but for some reason I'm hopeless with cutting angles so I am please to get this job out of the way.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Second Fit

Now the roof is on I suggested Himself try it out again in position on the layout to see if it fits properly this time after I altered the profile of the roof.

As you can see the top of the pitched roof is tucked neatly under the guttering of the house next door just as it should be.

From the front you can see how this house is much narrower than the others around it and sits back from the others.

The house is far from being complete, however,

Just to challenge me further it now needs to have a conservatory added onto the back.

What fun!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Moving With The Times

Landscape gardening continues around the house at the top of the row.

Being very traditional in our construction methods it is build up with modroc and a coat of plaster on top.

The only concession to modernity is that some of the basic shape of the land here is formed by carved polystyrene blocks.

Anyone who has followed this blog for any length of time will appreciate what a radical step this is!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Looking Like A House Now

The slates on the new house were as straightforward as I hoped they would be and I got the roof completed in a couple of sessions.

Now that the slates are on the shape of the upper end of the house with the gallery window is more prominent.

Particularly from the front you immediately notice the way a large slice has been taken out of it.

You can also see the way it overlaps with the neighbouring house.

Next job is to fit the ridge tiles and the guttering I think,

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

In The Gallery

With the pitch of the roof altered it's time to resume construction work on the house.

(It appears that Himself is finished with it for now.)

So I've decided to fabricate and install the gallery window at the back.

On this house the slating pieces are going to be relatively straightforward, expect from the one with the dormer window in it.

The tricky bit is going to be the chimney which is a tall thing which is partly built into the back corner of the upper storey, but more on that when I get to it.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Pitch Perfect

While the new house fits nicely into the gap we left for it Himself has sent it back to me with a request for some modifications.

On one side it is attached to the house next to it with the gable set at 90 degrees with the top of the roof tucked neatly under the gutter of the other property.

My design fits like a glove but I hadn't accounted for the 1mm thickness of the Wills slates sheet which would go on top - meaning it would no longer fit.

I tried to argue that we could simply lower the foundations to drop it down by the required amount but he wasn't buying it, so we agreed that I would attempt to cut down the gable ends.

Himself's eagle eye also noticed that he pitch of the roof lines of he upper and lower stories didn't match, so as well as taking a slice off the lower gables I have added a sloping sliver to the one above so they are now at the same angle.

So now everyone's happy.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

A Complete Whitewash

Another of the developments to inspect on my visit to the layout a few days ago was the paint job on the house at the bottom of the row.

It's funny how they look much smaller when they're painted than in naked styrene after they've been built.

This was the house that I had too tear apart and rebuild at the back after I came across some aerial pictures and Himself spotted that I had forgotten to replace one of the window ledges, which was mildly annoying.

The row is looking very smart, and now that we are able to establish the final positions of them all the landscaping can move on apace.