Thursday, 30 October 2014

Broadrake Bunkbarn - Week 2

So into the 2nd week with underpinning finished inside by Wednesday.....

At this stage, the heap of soil out front wasn't looking too onerous....


Attentions then moved to the outside of the barn, to check out what might be found......this was the scary moment everyone was wondering about - was it going to be solid bedrock?

a mini JCB digger cleared the way......










        this huge rock WAS behind the barn.........
it looked a little worrying as to how many more there might be like this.....

Whilst digging went on outside, clearing of the inside continued......
The main floor is removed....a lot of wood here....some woodwormed, some split, but not too bad at all - upcycling for sure - possible tree house material

stall posts  with lovely iron rail & tether rings

We are very grateful that the hard core has found a 2nd home - Will the farmer has been very helpful at leaving large trailers for filling up, and then coming to take them away to be re-used as hardcore for the back of his new manure store just 2 fields away.
 empty trailer arrives....


 off to new home....

   ... just across the fields to new manure store

Preparations for underpinning the outside of the back wall are a little more challenging - heavy rain has turned this into a clay bog, rapidly filling the holes with water with heavy rain....bailing out was required....hence the buckets....

 still not deep enough....

infilling in progress on outer wall

Meanwhile, more clearing out of the interior......

 
internal wall comes down as it had a big bulge...stone is used to complete external wall rebuild 

  byre divisions have gone....

all looking very open plan now.....

 
bezzel slates carefully taken down - very fragile, not sure whether they might just disintegrate

bezzel frame work removed from inside......suggestions for re-siting welcome...
  
and another go at the 2nd layer of concrete in the end lean-to...this was the last of the jack hammering for now since building tremors were being felt by those in the outside holes at the back...

So the first 2 weeks has seen significant progress and site changes as volumes of soil, rock, concrete are dug, shifted, broken up and then moved well away from the barn front. 


Broadrake Bunkbarn Works - Week 1

Just to back track and show some images from progress as we started off.....so week 1 saw underpinning inside the main barn area - fortunately no concrete floor here, just lots of soil - and rocks....
very small sections at a time.......

 lots of manual digging....

 
progress is being made.....


the heap of soil gets bigger daily...

 all the barn fittings now removed.

At the end of the week, the main barn has been completed, and work started with jack-hammering out the concrete floor - 4 layers to start the underpinning process in the next area of back wall. 
 all starting to look more solid

Jack hammering to remove 4 layers of concrete along back wall - lots of hard core 
     stall divisions starting to go...

 
and outside, the new sheep control barriers in place 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Work Begins on the Barn

We were beginning to think it would never happen but finally work has started on the barn.
First of all the scaffolders turned up and set about rigging the interior. Then last Monday builders arrived and have been busy working on the underpinning of the rear wall.




Underpinning of the back wall seems to be going fairly well and nothing has fallen down yet.


Here is the scene this weekend. You can see the new crowd control barriers we bought on Tuesday to keep out sheep and public.


This is Rachel, not a real builder.