Build diary


Based at the Potton show centre, our Wickhambrook show home's construction was slowed down over a period of 8 months.  The build would have normally taken 12 weeks, however, this was as an opportunity for customers to view the build at different stages and further understand the self build process.

A series of video logs were created by Brent Ackerman, Project Manager, to record some of the different stages and contain a wealth of useful information.

Please view the diary logs below and visit www.buildapottonbarn.co.uk for indepth information on this build.

Update 1 - Laying the foundations
Update 2 - Erecting the timber frame kit
Update 3 - Getting weathertight
Update 4 - First fixings
Update 5 - First fix completion and additional insulation
Update 6 - Drylining
Update 7 - Scaffolding down
Update 8 - Painting & decorating
Final Update - Construction complete
The completed house - take a tour


Update 1 - Laying the foundations

 

The first stage of the build - laying the foundations and the beam and block floor in preparation for the timber frame structure.

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Update 2 - Erecting the timber frame kit

 

The Potton timber frame kit delivery (sole plates and ground floor panels), meeting Level 4 of Code for Sustainable Homes, posi joists and scaffolding.

We also hear about the installation of services and cabling options.

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Update 3 - Getting weathertight

 

Weather protection, the pre-insulated timer frame panels, vapour control layer and internal battens for running services.

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Update 4 - First fixings

 

Quick watertight construction and roofing, pre-painted timber featheredge cladding and Velux rooflight.  Brent also shows us the first fix electrics and plumbing - incorporating a rainwater harvesting system.

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Update 5 - First fix completion and additional insulation

 

Final installation of the heat recovery system, rainwater harvesting and intelligent wiring system. Kingspan Kooltherm insulation boards are installed in addition to the pre-insulated timber frame panels to help achieve level 4 Code for Sustainable Homes.

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Update 6 - Drylining

 

Final insulation instalments and the process of dry lining including the use of standard plasterboard, sound transmission plasterboard and water resistant plasterboard. Brent also talks about the preparations for second fixings, the external brickwork plinth and landscaping.

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Update 7 - Scaffolding down

 

The removal of scaffolding, installing PV (photo voltaic) panels and the completion of external brickwork and hard landscaping (paving and slabbing). Brent talks about some small adaptions comply with Lifetime Homes and some of the internal features such as Sunfold sliding doors, underfloor heating installation and a fireplace with gas fire and flue.

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Update 8 - Painting & decorating

 

Internal painting and decorating with neutral colours, the dual garage door, fencing and lifetime homes compliance.

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Final Update - Construction complete

 

The kitchen, living room with gas fireplace and bathrooms (lifetime homes compliant), gantry style walkway and bedrooms.

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To can visit the stunning Wickhambrook at Potton's show home centre or alternatively you can experience a virtual tour of the completed house.